‘Israel’ has been conducting undercover diplomacy in Bahrain for more than a decade through a front company listed as a commercial consulting firm, according to a media report.
“For 11 years, ‘Israel’ has worked to conduct diplomacy with Bahrain in secret, through the use of a front company.”
“The idea of a secret diplomatic mission was brought up in 2007-2008 during a series of meetings with Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa and his then-Israeli counterpart, Tzipi Livni. The decision to open the mission in Manama was preceded by the closing of an Israeli mission in Qatar.”
According to the report, the mission was registered on July 13, 2009, under the name of the front company known as The Center for International Development, though it has since changed its name and its current name remains classified. Bahraini records registered the firm as a company providing marketing, promotion and investment services, and its website explained it was a consultant to Western companies interested in non-oil investments in the region.
“Immediately after relations were officially established on Sunday, Israel sent a formal request to open an embassy in Manama. However, this undertaking has been made incredibly simple by the existence of the mission, as all the groundwork and infrastructure is quite literally already in place.”
“All we have to do is change the sign on the door,” an Israeli official said.