Senior Israeli officers reportedly say Bahrain subsequent in line for normalization


Senior Israeli officers reportedly mentioned Thursday that they’re in superior talks with Bahrain about normalizing ties with the Gulf state, hours after the historic announcement on Israel’s institution of ties with the United Arab Emirates.

Bahrain is predicted to be the subsequent nation to ascertain official ties with Israel, a senior official instructed the Kan public broadcaster.

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A senior American official instructed Palestinian media that Bahrain and Oman are anticipated to normalize ties with Israel within the close to future, the report mentioned.

The talks with Bahrain have been additionally reported by Military Radio, which mentioned that a number of Israeli officers mentioned they have been in “superior contacts” with Bahrain in regards to the potential transfer.

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Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the agreement Thursday afternoon. They “agreed to the complete normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE,” they said in a joint statement.

The deal marks the third such settlement the Jewish state has struck with an Arab nation after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994).

Israeli and UAE delegations will meet within the coming weeks to signal bilateral agreements concerning funding, tourism, direct flights, safety and the institution of reciprocal embassies, their assertion mentioned.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned on Thursday night time that Israel had entered “new era of Israeli relations with the Arab world,” and mentioned different offers with Arab international locations would comply with.

He mentioned the settlement mirrored the “dramatic change” in the way in which Israel was perceived within the area. Previously, it was regarded “as an enemy and supply of instability” however at present “many, many states see Israel as a strategic ally for stability, for safety, for development and in addition for peace.

“There shall be different Arab and Muslim states that may be a part of the circle of peace with us,” he predicted. Israel and reasonable states within the area “stand aligned in favor of development and towards the extremist forces that threaten us and world peace.”

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses the settlement for Israel and the UAE to ascertain diplomatic relations, on the Prime Minister’s Workplace in Jerusalem, on August 13, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

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Netanyahu mentioned he has been working towards the objective of normalization with the Gulf since 2009.

“I at all times thought it was attainable… I’ve been doing this always, for years,” he mentioned, noting his contacts with Oman, Sudan and different states within the space that don’t have official ties with Israel.

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner mentioned Thursday that extra Arab international locations could quickly announce normalized ties with Israel.

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“We hope that is an icebreaker the place Israel can now normalize relations with different international locations,” Kushner mentioned at a briefing with reporters, shortly after Trump introduced the pact, including that he thought there was a “superb probability” of one other Israeli-Arab deal inside months.

Kushner mentioned the administration had been in talks with different Arab states to normalize ties with Israel, too. He prompt that extra bulletins will come over the subsequent few months.

“We now have a pair who have been upset that they weren’t first,” Kushner mentioned. “However… we are going to work very arduous to create increasingly more normalizations over the approaching time forward.”

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“I do assume that this makes them extra inevitable,” he continued. “However it’s going to take belief being constructed and dialogue being facilitated. Hopefully, this makes it simpler for others.

At one level, he was requested which different international locations have been within the combine. “Who’s subsequent?” Kushner requested again. “You will see that out subsequent.”

The governments of Bahrain and Egypt, and a Saudi official, welcomed the settlement, whereas Jordan issued a extra tepid response. The Palestinians reacted with fury to the deal, calling it “a despicable betrayal.”

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Israel agreed to shelve annexation of elements of the West Financial institution as a part of the deal, nevertheless it was unclear if the transfer had been placed on maintain completely or quickly.

Bahrain mentioned in an announcement the accord stopped “the annexation of Palestinian lands and advancing the area in the direction of peace.”

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