Herzog changed schedule in Bahrain visit amid anti-Israeli protests
The Israeli president changes his itinerary at the last minute.
Israeli media reported Sunday that the President of the Israeli occupation, Isaac Herzog, altered the schedule of his visit to Bahrain, citing the demonstrations in the country against him and the government's normalization processes.
Haaretz, an Israeli news outlet, reported that Herzog traveled today to Bahrain and that he will be the first Israeli head of state to visit the country, and that this visit "will take place under intense security following protests against the Israeli leader that have taken place over the past days."
Furthermore, Bahraini authorities said, "they would not allow protests to take place during the visit."
During his visit, Herzog will be meeting Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, after which he will be traveling to Abu Dhabi where he will participate in a Space Conference held by the UAE.
Accompanied by several businessmen, Herzog will be taking part in a meeting with the local economic development council in Bahrain, in addition to meeting with officials from the Jewish community in Bahrain.
Maariv newspaper quoted Herzog as saying, before he took off to Bahrain, that he sees the visit as "another step to advance peace between us, Bahrain and the Emirates," hoping that "more countries will be able to join the circle of peace with Israel."
The daily noted that "Israel's" greatest fear is that Iran would attempt to obstruct Herzog's visit to Bahrain, similarly to what happened during his visit to Abu Dhabi, referring to an attack launched by the Ansar Allah on UAE facilities.
Demonstrations continue in Bahrain rejecting the visit of the Israeli occupation president Isaac Herzog in response to an invitation he received from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The demonstrators raised the Bahraini and Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning Herzog's visit and normalization with the Israeli occupation, amid strict security measures imposed by the Bahraini police and security forces.
Top Bahraini cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim decried “Normalization is treason of the (Palestinian) cause and the (Arab) nation”, rejecting Lapid's desecration of Bahrain's land."
In a tweet on his account, Sheikh Qassim rejected "the head of the Zionist entity's desecration of the land of faith and dignity."
Earlier, Bahraini Al-Wefaq Society called for active participation in an electronic demonstration coinciding with the visit of the Israeli President, while the political society affirmed that the position of the Bahraini people is firm in advocating the Palestinian cause and rejecting the accelerated normalization steps with "Tel Aviv".