Manama, BAHRAIN – The Abraham Accords saw Israel sign historic peace agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
Few have witnessed the region’s dramatic transformation like Eitan Na’eh, Israel’s first ambassador to Bahrain. Since the birth of the Abraham Accords on the White House lawn in 2020, Ambassador Na’eh has been a key player in the Accords.
“They constitute a significant – indeed historic – shift in the course of events in the Middle East,” Na’eh told CBN News during an exclusive interview in Bahrain’s capital. “They are an effort to take a road that has never been taken before. Establishing relations with Israel and the Arab countries means proving to the rest of the Arab countries, to the rest of the world, to the rest of the region that it is possible.
Just a hundred miles from the Bahraini capital of Manama lies Iran and its regime which poses an existential threat not only to Israel, but to this small Gulf country.
Ambassador Na’eh says the Gulf countries view the Iran nuclear deal just like Israel.
“We hear from them exactly what we say. The threat and threat perceptions and threat levels are pretty much the same, by those who live in the region, by those who experience the behavior for which Iran has become infamous; and the threat, the concern is real. We all know that the mother of the problems in the Middle East is Iran. All we have to do is watch the news,” Na’eh said.
While in Manama, violence continued to rock the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Ambassador Na’eh explains that the riots are nothing new.
*** Please sign up for CBN newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you continue to receive the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective. ***
“In the 1930s, during Jewish immigration to Mandatory Palestine fleeing Hitler just before World War II. What the then Palestinian leader – (Haj Amin) Al-Husseini – saw as Arab indifference then, he came up with the idea to attract attention and Al Aqsa was the response. The Jews threaten Al Aqsa. He decided to spread this fake news. They weren’t calling it fake news back then, they were lying, but it caught fire and continues to catch fire,” Na’eh said.
He said the stones thrown were not just aimed at Israeli police and Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall.
“But they’re really thrown on the Abraham Accords,” Na’eh said. “I’m asking your viewers to zoom out on this event and say, look, they’re doing this for the second year since the signing of the Abraham Accords in order to derail the Abraham Accords.”
Ambassador Na’eh highlights the impact of the media in the region.
“The peace process cannot move forward without public opinion. And public opinion here in the region is influenced by other media that spread lies, fake news. And the role of the media is to really show the truth without cutting. Showing the truth, giving the full picture and explaining to people what we are trying to do here and that is extremely important,” he said.
Na’eh also said they welcome prayers from Christians around the world.
“Yes, we need those prayers,” he said. “We need those people who can come visit us to see with their own eyes that a new reality is being born. And those of your viewers who do business in the Middle East come to do business with Israel, with Bahrain, with the United Arab Emirates, bring people together. And always pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the region.