Bahrain confirmed on Saturday that an Israeli officer can be posted to the nation within the coming weeks – the primary time that an Israeli officer has ever been stationed in an Arab nation with that nation’s assist. The officer will reportedly function a liaison to the US Navy.
“The appointment of an Israeli officer comes inside the framework of preparations associated to a global coalition, comprising greater than thirty-four international locations,” Bahrain’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs said, as cited by Bahrain Information Company (BNA).
The coalition “secures freedom of navigation within the territorial waters of the area and protects Worldwide commerce,” whereas additionally “confronting acts of piracy and terrorism within the area,” the assertion continued.
Earlier stories within the Israeli media prompt that the unnamed officer would journey to the island kingdom to function a liaison to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. The transfer was reportedly agreed upon throughout Israeli Protection Minister Benny Gantz’s go to to Bahrain final week, the place he was introduced with a ceremonial sword. The go to noticed the 2 nations signing a safety cooperation settlement, the fist such deal between a Gulf nation and Israel.
I simply landed in Manama, Bahrain for an official go to to the Kingdom. I used to be welcomed by my Bahraini counterpart, Minister of Protection Affairs H.E. LTG. Abdullah Bin Hassan Al Nuaimi in a exceptional ceremony. Honored to be right here and searching ahead to assembly the Kingdom’s leaders. pic.twitter.com/i308JfkYkQ
— בני גנץ – Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) February 2, 2022
The Israel Protection Forces (IDF) has not confirmed the appointment to date. In an announcement to Channel 13 Thursday night, nevertheless, the IDF signaled that the matter was beneath dialogue, saying that Tel Aviv was ”continually inspecting alternatives to deepen army cooperation with the international locations of the area.”
The relations between Bahrain and Israel have improved considerably in recent times, with the 2 international locations formally establishing diplomatic relations in September 2020. The so-called “normalization” settlement was brokered by former US President Donald Trump who introduced its signing from the White Home.
In 2021, Bahrain dispatched its first ambassador to Israel, whereas Israel opened an embassy in Bahrain’s capital.
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