After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Khomeini regime had attempted to establish the Bahraini Hezbollah. Still, even with the financial, logistic, and political support this project continues to receive from Iran, it is failing.
The first attempt was a coup led by the Shiites and their allies in 1981, just two years after Khomeini’s arrival.
A second attempt to establish a Bahraini Hezbollah was to try to overthrow the regime and establish a pro-Iranian regime.
Coinciding with the Arab Spring in 2011, a third attempt uncovered Bahraini political associations who had disguised themselves as part of the reform project of the King of Bahrain.
On Tuesday, a fourth attempt was discovered when, according to the Bahraini authorities, 169 members of Bahrain’ Hezbollah were charged with “establishing and joining a terrorist group, perpetrating a bombing, committing attempted murder, training on the use of weapons and explosives, and possessing and manufacturing explosives and firearms without a license, as well as funding a terrorist group.”
The announcement followed scores of arrests and harsh penalties imposed by the Western-allied Gulf state on defendants accused of armed rebellion.
Bahrain suffers the presence of Shiite political Islamic groups who are aligned with Iran. These groups are under the direct supervision of the IRGC. Iran and its proxies, like Hezbollah, has caused much of the chaos in Bahrain.
More than 200 educational institutions and vital installations, such as power stations, communication towers, public parks and commercial banks have been targeted, in addition to the roads and streets that have been blocked.
Iran’s attempts have failed, but it continues its efforts. Iran seeks to establish a foothold in the Gulf States, and one way is to infiltrate the Gulf through the Kingdom of Bahrain. The political history of Bahrain is different from other Arab countries, and Iran hopes to have found a favorable environment in which to expand.
Iran’s plan to form a party similar to the Lebanese Hezbollah in Bahrain has failed. But, despite the lack of popular acceptance by even the Shiites in Bahrain for such a subversive party, the Iranian regime is firmly attached to its plan to infiltrate the heart of the Arabian Gulf.
The Bahraini State has been able to suppress Iran’s attempts for 40 years, and will continue to do so.