Bahrain’s Foreign Minister backed Israel’s right to “defend itself” after Syria strikes

Vastavam web: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa today backed Israel’s right to “defend itself” after the Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria overnight.”As long as Iran has breached the status quo in the region and invaded countries with its forces and missiles, any state in the region, including Israel, is entitled to defend itself by destroying sources of danger,” the minister, whose country is a close ally of Saudi Arabia, said on his Twitter account.The latest escalation came overnight, when Israel’s army said it hit dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria.

Israel carried out the raids after it said 20 rockets were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight.It blamed the rocket fire on Iran’s Quds force.Syria’s foreign ministry said the Israeli attacks on its territory marked a “new phase” of direct involvement in the country’s seven-year conflict.But the Bahraini foreign minister’s support for the Israeli strikes marks a rare, if not unprecedented public stance by an Arab government.