Israel has named its first ambassador to Bahrain, after normalizing relations with the Gulf Arab state a year ago, according to an official Israeli government Arabic-language Twitter account.
The new ambassador, Eitan Na'eh, had served as temporary head of mission at the Israeli embassy in the United Arab Emirates, the first Gulf state with which Israel established diplomatic relations in August last year.
In September 2020, the UAE and Bahrain both signed U.S.-brokered deals to establish ties with Israel, a move later followed by Sudan and Morocco.
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Bahrain's first ambassador to Israel, Khaled Yousif Al Jalahma, arrived in the country this week. Al Jalahma met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid at the Knesset who congratulated the ambassador on his arrival, and for the expected opening of the Bahraini embassy in Israel.
Following the meeting Lapid stated that "The opening of the Kingdom of Bahrain's embassy in Israel is another step towards true peace in the Middle East. Many countries in the region see the strong ties that are being forged between us and the Bahrainis, as well as the brave decision made by the King of Bahrain, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to establish peace with Israel. In the future, other countries that are changing the face of the Middle East will join the circle of peace too.”