During a visit by an Israeli and a U.S. delegation to Manama on October 18, Bahrain and Israel signed a joint communique to formalize their ties. The move symbolises the efforts from two sides to broaden a cooperation that the United States has promoted as an anti-Iran bulwark with a potential economic bonanza.
“It was indeed an historic visit, to start opening relations between both countries,” said, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani, after the signing ceremony with Israel’s Foreign Ministry director-general Alon Ushpiz and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat.
Stunning the Palestinians who had demanded statehood before any regional rapprochement, Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in agreeing to normalize ties with Israel past month.
The Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, flew on an El Al Israel Airlines charter flight from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.