Israeli official: Bahrain to be next Arab nation to normalize relations with Israel?

Israeli official: Bahrain to be next Arab nation to normalize relations with Israel?
Trump and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain in 2017. WaPo video, YouTube

[Ed. – This would be coming up right pronto if there’s to be a ceremony before Rosh Hashanah(18 September).  The UAE and Bahrain were always the most likely; Kuwait would be in the next tier of possibilities.  Oman is less likely (due to special common interests with Iran), but still a contender.  Qatar is unlikely at this point, given Doha’s ties to Iran, Turkey, and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Saudi Arabia is always the special case, origin of Islam and keeper of the holy sites.  We’ll see.  Over in Africa, Sudan, not an Arab majority nation but with regional importance, is a real possibility.  Not out of the question to start seeing Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco.]

Bahrain is set to be the next Gulf country to normalize relations with Israel, a senior Israeli official told Israel’s Kan 11 News Wednesday.

Washington looks to mediate the peace talks between the two countries and hopes to hold the official normalization ceremony before the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, according to the official. …

Like the UAE-Israel deal, the normalization of relations between Bahrain and the Jewish state would likely entail a series of economic and security ties. Just last month, Bahrani prime minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa reportedly spoke with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen.

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“Israel is historically part of the heritage of this whole region,” Bahraini foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa told an Israeli television outlet last year. “So the Jewish people have a place among us.”

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