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State Department officials preparing for his arrival in Washington noted that the United States had considerable interest in Shaikh Khalifa’s small country. 41 From the American Embassy in Jeddah, Ambassador Hermann Eilts suggested how Washington could assist Bahrain. He proposed that Washington encourage investments in Bahraini industry and provide student grants. 42 These numerous issues that occupied Bahrain’s rulers were abruptly overshadowed in June 1967, when once again another 30 Ba h r a i n f ro m 2 0 t h C e n t u ry to A r a b S p r i n g Arab-Israeli conflict began, the Six Days’ War.

He agreed with the report’s suggestion that the Gulf states needed sea and air capability. Unfortunately, the estimated cost for that capability was between five to six million dollars. ”58 Apprehension about Bahrain’s security increased after Bahraini security police, directed by Englishman Ian Henderson, arrested approximately 40 members of the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of the Arab Gulf (PFLOAG). Those arrested included two women. ”59 At this juncture, in April 1973, Bahraini authorities were not convinced that they had the capacity to prevent Arab radicals from carrying out terrorist attacks against a variety of foreign targets, including the US Embassy, the US Navy, and BAPCO.

42 These numerous issues that occupied Bahrain’s rulers were abruptly overshadowed in June 1967, when once again another 30 Ba h r a i n f ro m 2 0 t h C e n t u ry to A r a b S p r i n g Arab-Israeli conflict began, the Six Days’ War. 43 After Arab radio stations reported what soon became known as the “Big Lie,” that both Washington and London took part in Israeli air attacks on Egyptian bases, angry Bahrainis gathered outside the British Political Agency. But the Bahraini shaikh, ever loyal to Britain, acted quickly to prevent violence.

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