Bahrain: Israel has ‘right’ to respond to Iran

Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa defended what he says is Israel’s “right” to defend itself after Israel launched overnight strikes on Iranian targets in Syria. (Reuters)
Updated 10 May 2018
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Bahrain: Israel has ‘right’ to respond to Iran

LONDON: A top official from the Arab Gulf country of Bahrain is defending what he says is Israel’s “right” to defend itself after Israel launched overnight strikes on Iranian targets in Syria.
Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa wrote on Twitter Thursday that so long as Iran uses its forces and missiles to try and destabilize the region, “it is the right of any country in the region, including Israel to defend itself by destroying sources of danger.”
Israel says Iranian rocket attacks on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights prompted the overnight strikes. Iran has not commented on the accusations.
Bahrain, a close US ally, considers Iran a regional threat. The Gulf state has also welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran.


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Updated 23 min 35 sec ago
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will refuse Israeli tax transfers

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not accept a monthly tax transfer from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.
Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of trying to put political pressure on him and violating longstanding economic agreements.
He said it would be the “final nail in the coffin” of those agreements and said he would not accept the funds if even “one penny” is deducted.
The monthly tax transfers cover about two-thirds of the Palestinian budget.
Without those funds, Abbas’ autonomy government will fall into a crisis and not be able to pay full salaries to its tens of thousands of employees.