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A delegation that toured California to promote the Abraham Accords meets with Oracle CEO Safra Catz (fifth from left) on Nov. 8, 2021. Credit: Courtesy of Sharaka.

‘People-to-people’ relationships are centerpiece of Abraham Accords’ progress, advocates say

The Abraham Accords garnered headlines in 2020 as landmark normalization deals between the governments of Israel and Arab states. But more than a year later, advocates of the agreements are emphasizing their impact on...
A showroom at the Israel Diamond Center. Credit: IDC.

Israel’s diamond industry to make first appearance at Bahrain jewelry expo

One of the Gulf region’s most prestigious diamond and jewelry shows, Jewellery Arabia, is being held this year from Nov. 16-20 in Bahrain, and for the first time, Israel’s diamond industry will be represented. Israel Diamond...
An EgyptAir Airbus 320 lands at Ben Gurion Airport, Oct. 3, 2021. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

First official Egyptair flight lands at Ben-Gurion Airport

An Egyptair jet landed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday, marking the Egyptian national carrier’s first official direct flight to the Jewish state since the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1979. Egyptair affiliate AirSinai...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is greeted at Bahrain International Airport on Sept. 30, 2021. Source: Twitter.

Lapid arrives in Bahrain in first official visit to Gulf State by Israeli minister

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid traveled to the Kingdom of Bahrain on Thursday in the first official visit by an Israeli minister to the country. Lapid met with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was joined by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, former United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in the livestreamed meeting. Source: Screenshot.

Blinken hosts livestream with Abraham Accord members to mark one-year milestones

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration will continue to build on the Trump administration’s successful Abraham Accords between Israel and its Arab neighbors in a virtual event marking the accord’s one-year...

Gulf Air to launch flights between Bahrain and Israel

Bahrain’s Gulf Air announced via Twitter on Thursday that it will begin two weekly, direct flights to Tel Aviv starting on Sept. 30. Ambassador Houda Nonoo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain...
Bahrain's first ambassador to Israel, Khaled Yousif Al-Jalahmah (right), on his arrival to the country, Aug. 31, 2021. Photo by Shlomi Amsalem/GPO.

First Bahraini ambassador takes up appointment in Israel

Bahrain’s first ambassador to Israel, Khaled Yousif Al-Jalahmah, landed in Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday. Upon arrival he tweeted, “A historic journey in the making accompanied by my wife. We are both very excited!” https://twitter.com/BahrainAmbIsr/status/1432747025062375424 The Israeli...
Pixabay Shofar Kid Jewish New Year Shana

Rosh Hashanah: A time of renewal and unity

As Jews, every Rosh Hashanah, we rededicate our commitment to Judaism. We reaffirm our devotion to Jewish law, and we strive to maintain our Jewish traditions. We also focus on improving where we need to—on...
A Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Manama, Bahrain, on Aug. 21, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Bahrain celebrates first bar mitzvah in 16 years

The first bar mitzvah in Bahrain in 16 years was held over the weekend at the House of Ten Commandments, the oldest and only operational synagogue in a Gulf Cooperation Council country. The bar mitzvah...
Bahrain's Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa meets Israeli President Isaac Herzog meet in Jerusalem, Aug. 8, 2021. Photo by Mark Neiman/GPO.

Report: Iran deal increased ‘extremism and hatred,’ says top Bahraini official

A senior Bahraini official criticized the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal on Sunday, saying it had “fueled crises across the Middle East.” Speaking during a press briefing in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdulla...