Bahrain deal spotlights Saudi's stealth normalisation with Israel


US President Donald Trump announces that Bahrain will normalise relations with Israel, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on September 11, 2020. – EPA pic, September 14, 2020.


BAHRAIN’S move to formally establish relations with Israel could not have happened without Saudi Arabia’s green light, another step in what observers call Riyadh’s “alternative normalisation” of ties with the Jewish state.

Bahrain on Friday became Saudi Arabia’s second Gulf ally to announce plans to formalise relations with Israel over the past month, after the United Arab Emirates’ landmark agreement.


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