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Israeli PM’s maiden visit to Bahrain

Date: 18 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett is on a historic maiden visit to the Gulf state of Bahrain after normalization of ties.

 

Background

Israel’s ties with Gulf Countries were historically strained owing to the decades old Israel-Palestine row.

 

Details

  • The visit of the prime Minister signals growing ties between Israel and Gulf Countries including Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Israel has already normalized its ties with UAE by signing Abraham accord and also carried out a state visit by the President and Prime Minister.

 

 

Agenda of visit

  • The leaders discussed ways to utilise the geographical advantages of Israel and Bahrain for improving the movement of goods between Asia and Europe.

  • There were also talks on improving opportunities for Jewish and Muslim economic entrepreneurs and business owners.

 

Opposition

The outreach by the Sunni monarch was criticized by opposition Shi’ite majority. They carried out protests in solidarity with the Palestinians.

 

Abraham accords

  • The Abraham accords is a deal between Israel and the Gulf countries, sponsored by the US as part of the country’s regional security agenda to counter Iran.

  • By signing the Abraham accords, Israel agreed to stop further annexation of Palestinian territory.