Bahrain follows Emirates and normalizes ties with Israel

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U.S. President’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner (R) meets Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa (L), throughout his go to to Manama, Bahrain, September 1, 2020. Bahrain Information Company/Handout by way of REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

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Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in putting an settlement to normalize relations with Israel on Friday, a dramatic transfer aimed toward easing tensions within the Center East.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted the information after he spoke by cellphone to each Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White Home mentioned.

“It is a historic breakthrough to additional peace within the Center East,” the US, Bahrain and Israel mentioned in a joint assertion.

“Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and superior economies will proceed the optimistic transformation of the Center East and enhance stability, safety, and prosperity within the area,” it mentioned.

The United Arab Emirates final month agreed to normalize ties with Israel beneath a U.S.-brokered deal. That deal is scheduled to be signed on Sept. 15 at a White Home ceremony hosted by Trump and attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Overseas Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

The easing of relations with Israel comes amid a backdrop of shared fears about the specter of Iran to the area.

The Trump administration has tried to coax different Sunni Arab nations to interact with Israel. Essentially the most highly effective of these, Saudi Arabia, has signaled it’s not prepared.

Bahrain, a small island state, is a detailed ally of Saudi Arabia and the positioning of the U.S. Navy’s regional headquarters. Riyadh in 2011 despatched troops to Bahrain to assist quell an rebellion and, alongside Kuwait and the UAE, in 2018 supplied Bahrain a $10 billion financial bailout.
Friday’s deal makes Bahrain the fourth Arab nation to achieve such an settlement with Israel since exchanging embassies with Egypt and Jordan many years in the past.

Final week, Bahrain mentioned it might enable flights between Israel and the UAE to make use of its airspace. This adopted a Saudi determination to permit an Israeli industrial airliner to fly over it on the way in which to the UAE.