Israel and the Gulf nations will establish diplomatic relations in 2019

This is our greatest opportunity to end the 100-year-old Israeli-Arab conflict.

By
December 18, 2018 15:06
4 minute read.
Israel and the Gulf nations will establish diplomatic relations in 2019

Rabbi Schneier with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later



The trickle has turned into a flood. Today, as long-standing barriers to a full breakthrough of mutual recognition are collapsing with astonishing speed, Israel stands on the threshold of an accomplishment few expected to witness in our lifetime – the imminent establishment of diplomatic relations with many of the nations of the Arabian Gulf. I believe that Bahrain – whose King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, I have visited countless times since my first groundbreaking meeting at his palace in the capital city of Manama in 2011 – will be the first to open diplomatic relations with Israel by the end of 2019, to be quickly followed by other key members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In fact, Bahrain had already signaled the direction it was moving in with evident Saudi support last May when Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa made a statement defending the right of Israel to defend itself from Iranian missiles fired in its direction from Syria, tweeting, “Like all other countries, Israel has the right to defend itself against the Iranian aggression.”

Read More...

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content