In another historic move for peace in the Middle East, Bahrain has formally declared it is set to normalize relations with Israel.
Just one month after Bahrain’s Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa met with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, the two nations have announced they are organizing in Washington for a normalization ceremony. The ceremony will take place before the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
The news also comes within weeks of the peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, which was brokered by the United States in August.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced he anticipated Saudi Arabia would enter into the peace agreement as well.
In a Thursday White House news conference, Trump stated that “countries are lining up” to enter into peace agreements with Israel.
The UAE-Israel peace agreement stipulates that Israel will cease its annexation of areas in the occupied West Bank and opens the door to trade between the two nations. Almost immediately after the agreement was announced, the first-ever direct flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi began service.
Bahrain has announced it will allow all Israeli flights to utilize its airspace, cutting the flight time between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi from seven hours to approximately three.