US, Israeli envoys fly to Bahrain to advance nascent ties
JERUSALEM (AP) — On the first direct Israeli commercial flight to the Gulf Arab State, on Sunday, the US / Israeli joint delegation was scheduled to travel to Bahrain where, following announcements to normalize relations last month, they will sign a series of bilateral agreements.
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The delegations traveling from the Ben Gurion airport of Tel Aviv are led by the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
El Al flight 973, a reference to Bahrain 's International Code of Steering, will pass through the air space of Saudi Arabia en route to Manama, where dignitaries from all three countries will talk after landing at a ceremony.
"The diplomatic ties between the two countries are going to be officially formed," said an Israeli diplomatic members, unnamed before the official announcement.
The Palestinians, whose leadership has blasted Bahrain's movement and related Emirates' Agreements, were surprised at the decision to create relations with Israel as a betrayal and a degradation of the Arab position that Israel should be accepted only after Palestinians obtain an independent State.
The two Gulf Arab States and Israel would finally set up embassies and trade embassies to normalize relations.
The officer of Israel has announced that in the coming months, the Israeli embassy could open in Bahrain.
Like the United Arab Emirates, at any stage in the city of Tel Aviv, Bahrain is supposed to open its embassy regardless of Jerusalem's disputed position.
After its aim to develop complete ties, Bahraini and Israeli officials have held various talks.
However, face-to - face Sunday meetings are seen as just another step towards normalization.
Meanswhile, a range of sector, banking and intergovernmental agreements have also been concluded between Israel and UAE.
At a ceremony conducted at the White House on Sept. 15, Bahrain and the USA officially reached an agreement to normalize ties with Israel.
Egypt and Jordan, in 1979 and 1994 respectively, became the only two other Arab states to conclude diplomatic deals with Israel.
The agreements exposed a steady deepening of the silence of Israel's connections with certain Gulf states – a common question regarding regional rival Iran in recent years.
Analysts and insiders could proceed with Sudan, Oman and Morocco as openings. Other Arabian countries could proceed.
Later on Sunday the Israel delegation will be traveling again to Tel Aviv, while the Americans will travel to the UAE on Tuesday, before traveling to Israel.