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Israel and Bahrain deal

The Zionist Federation of Australia warmly welcomes the historic news of normalisation between Bahrain and Israel and congratulates the leaders of both countries.

Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler said, “This truly historic event reflects the continued realisation of the Zionist vision. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the Jewish people have longed for the time when the Jewish state, in the historic and cultural Land of Israel, is at peace with its neighbours. We are seeing this come to pass.”

“We hope that the momentum we are now seeing will result in further peace agreements signed with Israel’s neighbours in the near future”, Mr Leibler continued.

In the few weeks since the announcement of Israel–UAE normalisation, we have seen once insurmountable barriers swept aside. Direct flights between the two countries have been established. The two leaders have spoken by phone, and trading and investment relationships in water, agricultural and high-tech industries are already being forged.

The leaders of Bahrain are clearly keen to ride this wave of history, and they should be congratulated for pursuing this path to peace. The normalisation deals with the UAE and Bahrain is cause for genuine celebration in the region and in Jewish communities worldwide, including Australia. The ZFA looks forward to the establishment of warm cultural, diplomatic and trade ties. Israel, the UAE and Bahrain have much to offer each other.

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