Above video published on Nov 1, 2018 by the MEMRI TV Videos YouTube channel – Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) 2018 Manama Dialogue, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah said: “Israel is one of the countries in the region… Maybe it is time that Israel had the same privileges and duties as other countries.” Bin Abdullah said that the Torah and the Israelite prophets emerged in the Middle East and that there had even been Jews in Medina. He stated that improved relations between Israel and its neighbors can be accomplished and that such relations would bring stability to the Middle East while serving both Palestinian and Israeli interests. Earlier in the Manama Dialogue, Bin Abdullah had expressed his support for the “Deal of the Century.” Bin Abdullah made these comments in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s October 26 visit to Oman. The video was uploaded to the Internet on October 27, 2018.
Bahrain writer: We do not need permission to normalise relations with Israel.
Bahraini writer Abdullah Al-Junaid has sparked controversy after saying that his country will not ask for anyone’s permission to establish direct and formal relations with Israel.
“If Bahrain finds its interest in this, it will not take permission from anyone,” Al-Junaid said in an interview with Russia Today, adding that the Palestinians must return to what he described as “political reality.” “Why do they not form political parties instead of armed fronts,” he said.
Al-Junaid’s statements sparked controversy on social media with one user saying he does not represent the Bahraini people.
Bahrain has recently supported Israel’s right to self-defence, after Tel Aviv targeted “dozens of Iranian military positions in Syria”. In return, Israel praised Manama’s support and described it as “historic”.
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Israeli media reported late last year that Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa opposes the Arab states’ boycott of Israel and intends to allow citizens from his kingdom to visit Israel freely.
In December, last year a Bahraini delegation of more than 20 people visited the occupied city of Jerusalem.
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