Saturday 02 March 2024

Israel operated secret embassy in Bahrain for more than a decade: Report

Israel operated a secret diplomatic mission in Bahrain for more than a decade before they agreed to normalise ties last month, Axios reported on Wednesday.

The Manama-based facility conducted diplomacy with Bahrain via a front company listed as a commercial consulting firm.


Negotiations to establish the office began through a series of secret meetings between Zionist regime’s then-foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, and her Bahraini counterpart, Khaled Bin Ahmad al-Khalifa, according to Axios.


Established in 2009, the existence of the office was placed under an Israeli government gag order, preventing Israeli media from reporting on it. 


The decision to open the operation was prompted when Qatar, a regional rival of Bahrain, closed Zionist regime’s diplomatic mission in Doha that year.


The office's existence remained classified, only coming to light in a short report on Israel's Channel 11 news last week.


Hidden as a company called the "Center for International Development", the firm supposedly offered marketing, commercial promotion and investment services, according to Bahraini public records seen by Axios.


The company changed its name in 2013 to one not disclosed by authorities amid "security reasons", Axios reported.


Because of restrictions on Zionists visiting Bahrain, the covert mission hired Israeli diplomats with dual nationalities.


Axios reported that company shareholders and board members included: Brett Jonathan Miller, a South African national who was appointed in 2013 as Israel's consul general in Mumbai; Ido Moed, a Belgian national who serves as the Israeli Foreign Ministry's cyber coordinator; and Ilan Fluss, a British national who is the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy director-general for the economy.


Until recently, its CEO was a diplomatic officer only identified as an American national.


To keep up the front, all of the diplomats involved possessed cover stories backed by profiles on LinkedIn, a popular business and networking platform.


The company's website also boasted a strong network of Bahraini and regional contacts.



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