Amid ongoing controversy over the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, a Bahraini delegation has arrived in Israel to “send a message of peace”, according to numerous media reports, indicating a warming of ties between the two countries, which do not maintain diplomatic relations.
Comprising two dozen members of a group called This Is Bahrain, the delegation will stay in Israel for four days to “send a message of religious tolerance and coexistence”, according to the reports.
Bahraini officials have previously suggested that stronger ties between could benefit both countries in confronting their mutual rival Iran.
The visit of the Bahraini delegation comes as protests continue to rage in the occupied Palestinian territories and around the world over a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The move drew condemnation from world leaders, including Bahrain’s foreign ministry, which issued a statement noting that the move “threatens the peace process in the Middle East and impedes all initiatives and negotiations” towards a lasting solution.