Jewish organizations praise Israel-Bahrain normalization agreement

General view of Bahrain World Trade Center in Manama, Bahrain, February 21, 2019. Picture taken February 21, 2019.
Jewish organizations from around the world praised the Israel-Bahrain normalization agreement late Friday, acknowledging its historical importance and noting it as another stepping stone in the improvement of Arab-Israeli relations.
In the United States, ambassador to Israel David Friedman also highlighted its importance in a statement on Twitter Friday. 
"From Israel - Jordan peace agreement to Israel - UAE peace agreement: 26 years. From Israel - UAE peace agreement  to Israel - Bahrain peace agreement: 29 days!! Trump diplomacy in action, wasting no time in changing the world for the better," the ambassador said on Twitter.
Similarly, American Jewish organizations also praised the move, with the Anti-Defamation League saying in a press release Friday that "the announcement of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain is another historic demonstration of a new promising era in Israeli-Arab relations."
"We thank President Trump and his administration for the determined diplomatic effort to help bring about the momentous breakthroughs in recent weeks as both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain join Egypt and Jordan in paving the path to peace through recognition and engagement rather than by seeking to isolate and boycott the Jewish state."
"These diplomatic achievements are a testament to the fact that a strong and secure Israel, backed by the United States, is critical to bringing reconciliation to the region. The old and unproductive paradigm of boycotts and rejectionism is collapsing, and a new model of peace, prosperity and cooperation is emerging. "
"Now is the time for other countries in the region and the Palestinian leadership to embrace this model and cement new ties and forge lasting peace and security in the Middle East," the statement concluded. 
The Canadian Centre for Jewish and Israel likewise remarked on the agreement's importance, saying on Twitter that this is "Another historic turning point in #Arab - #Israeli relations!"

The sentiment was shared by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which said on Twitter: "We welcome the normalisation of ties between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is wonderful to see another historic step forward towards peace and security in the Middle East and we hope it brings great prosperity to both parties and the wider region."




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