MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman on the 17th called for a “hostage exchange” between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic group that effectively controls Gaza. He expressed the view that if realized, it could lead to an end to the conflict.
Prince Salman said, “It’s time for frank dialogue,” calling for Hamas to release Israeli women and children held hostage in Gaza and for Israel to demand the release of imprisoned Palestinian women. and demanded the release of the children.
He also called the situation in Gaza “unbearable” and criticized both Hamas, which launched an attack on Israel on October 7, and Israel, which has launched airstrikes on Gaza. He described the forced displacement of Palestinians, the reoccupation of Gaza by Israel, and military threats from Gaza to Israel as red lines of conflict.
He also expressed the belief that security cannot be achieved without a two-state coexistence solution between Israel and Palestine, and that the role of the United States is essential to achieving that goal.
In 2020, Bahrain entered into an agreement with Israel under the mediation of the United States.
They agreed to normalize diplomatic relations.
*For related information, please see the “Related Content” menu on the right side of the screen.
Our Code of Conduct: Thomson Reuters “Principles of Trust”