Following the visit of a Bahraini delegation to Israel last week, the Israeli Prime Minister will soon visit Bahrain. The two countries have expressed hope to open embassies to further warm relations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will pay an official visit to the Arab kingdom at the invitation of Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Netanyahu tweeted on Tuesday: “We are both very strengthened by the fact that we can bring peace to our people and our countries in a very short time. That is why they have invited me to pay an official visit to Bahrain soon. I will go there on your behalf, gladly. “
Earlier, in another tweet, he said that our conversation was “very friendly”.
Netanyahu’s announcement follows a visit to Israel last week by a Bahraini delegation led by Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani. During the visit, Israel and Bahrain said they hoped to open embassies by the end of the year.
An Israeli official and local media reported on Monday that Netanyahu had paid a secret visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud denied the reports, while Netanyahu did not confirm or deny the meeting.
Israel and Saudi Arabia have agreed on security co-operation to counter rival Iran.
The United States has acted as a mediator in establishing relations between Israel and the Arab world. This new development has angered the Palestinians, who have pinned their hopes on a united Arab stance that Israel will be recognized only after the liberation of Palestine.