Israeli Officials to Travel to Bahrain for ‘Peace’ Conference

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa. (Photo: File)

Israeli officials will travel to Bahrain for next month’s “peace” conference, where the first stage of the US’ “deal of the century” is set to be revealed.

Speaking to Israel’s Channel 13 yesterday, a senior Israeli official revealed that the US has invited Israeli delegates to attend the meeting, which is to be held in the Bahraini capital Manama on June 25-26.

The Times of Israel reported:

“The official told the network the invitation was sent as a hardcopy, which is en route to Israel in diplomatic mail channels.”

The report added:

“Israel [is] expected to accept the invitation”.

A separate report by the Israeli daily today noted that Israel’s Finance Minister, Moshe Kahlon, is among the Israeli delegates invited to attend. Kahlon’s spokesman, Omri Sheinfeld, said that while Kahlon has not yet received a formal invitation to the event, he expects one to arrive on his desk “in a matter of days”.

If Kahlon attends the summit, it will represent the first time a high profile Israeli official has visited the Gulf state.

The two countries do not hold formal diplomatic relations, with Bahrain adhering to the Saudi-led Arab Peace Initiative which calls for Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) as a precondition for normalizing relations.

However, in recent months Bahrain has pursued a number of normalization initiatives with Israel.

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