Bahrain and Israel Normalize Relations
They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, education, security, and agriculture.
Reprinted from Daily Alert, September 14, 2020
- Bahrain Normalizes Relations with Israel
President Donald Trump said Friday, “Just a few moments ago, I hosted a historic call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and King Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain….In the spirit of peace and cooperation, both leaders also agreed that Bahrain will fully normalize its diplomatic relations with Israel. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, education, security, and agriculture….This is now the second peace agreement that we have announced in the last month, and I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow.” (White House)
- Bahrain: Peace Deal with Israel Will Enhance Regional Security – Ismaeel Naar
Bahrain’s declaration of a peace deal with Israel will enhance regional security and stability and stems from a firm belief in coexistence and tolerance between nations, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani told Al Arabiya. (Al Arabiya)
See also Egypt Welcomes Bahrain-Israel Agreement
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi on Friday welcomed an agreement by Bahrain and Israel to normalize relations and establish diplomatic ties, calling it a “historic step” toward regional stability and peace. (Al-Ahram-Egypt)
See also Oman Praises Bahrain-Israel Move to Normalize Relations – Mina Aldroubi (The National-UAE)
See also EU Welcomes Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between Bahrain, Israel (Council of the European Union)
- Jewish and Pro-Israel Groups Welcome Israel-Bahrain Normalization Agreement – Jackson Richman
Jewish and pro-Israel groups instantly applauded Israel and Bahrain for agreeing on Friday to normalize relations. At last, “the walls of isolation around Israel are crumbling,” Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations told JNS. Jewish groups from both sides of the political aisle applauded the development.
American Sephardi Federation executive director Jason Guberman said the Emirati and Bahraini normalization deals with Israel exemplify “a new era, but one rooted in history. Muslims and Jews, as in centuries past, will once again be able to channel their considerable talents and resources into projects that will benefit all of humanity.”
“For the Greater Sephardic community, these developments are at once historic and personal in ways that may be difficult for others to understand. With shared roots in the region and [those] who have in recent memory experienced the trauma of exile, it is deeply moving to see one Arab country after another welcome them, in freedom and friendship, to be fully Jewish.” (JNS)