A prominent Russian scholar has described Bahrain’s declaration of peace with Israel as a sovereign decision, adding that no other country has the right to oppose it.

Professor Vitaly Naumkin, President of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that he had spoken with many of his friends among the Palestinian leaders and advised them not to react extremely to the Kingdom’s move by withdrawing their ambassador from Manama or launch a media campaign against Bahrain and the UAE.

The Palestinians have themselves recognized Israel as part of the two-state solution which reflects a realpolitik act on which Bahrain based its peace declaration with Israel, he added.

“Although this accord is the second after the UAE agreement, it will boost the standing of Bahrain as an advocate of peace between the GCC member states and the State of Israel,” Naumkin said.

He added that Bahrain, led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, has a network of regional, international, Arab and Islamic to promote the goals of peace in the Middle East.

According to Naumkin, the region in a dire need for peace which would put an end to decades of wars, bloodshed, destruction, mayhem, hatred, rancor spanning two Palestinian and Israeli generations that have prevented them from achieving economic, scientific, social or security progress.

He said that the two entrenched sides have to embark on such historic breakthroughs and take defining decisions that prevent wars and cultivate peace.