Bahrain and Israel said on Wednesday that they will open embassies, establish online visa systems and launch weekly flights between the two countries soon, in expanded cooperation promoted by Washington as an economic blessing and a way to isolate Iran. ...
On the first official visit of Bahraini officials to Israel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, said that the September 15 agreement to normalize relations means "a warm peace that will bring clear benefits to our people."
The UAE, which also normalized relations with Israel, sent a delegation last month that did not leave Ben Gurion Airport in what was described as a precaution against the Coronavirus.
The Bahraini envoys went to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its capital, with US support. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem in a hopeful state.
Al-Zayani's visit coincided with the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Israel, who praised the regional rapprochement brokered by the Trump administration as it imposes sanctions on Iran.
Pompeo, along with his Bahraini counterpart and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin, said that the normalization deals "are telling malicious actors like the Islamic Republic of Iran that their influence in the region is diminishing and that they are becoming more isolated and will remain forever until they change their direction." Netanyahu.
Al-Zayani announced that, from December 1, Bahrainis and Israelis will be able to apply online for entry visas. He also submitted a request to open a Bahraini embassy in Israel and said that an Israeli embassy in Manama had been approved.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Askinazi, who is due to visit Manama next month, said he hoped the opening ceremonies for the two embassies would take place by the end of 2020.
The Bahraini delegation traveled on Gulf Air flight GF972 - referring to the international phone code for Israel - on the first Gulf Air flight to Tel Aviv. Al-Zayani expects 14 flights of this nature to begin next year, in addition to trips to the two smaller Israeli destinations, in Haifa and Eilat.