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How can negotiators in the Israeli-Palestinian talks learn from Bahrain?

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Qatar seized 15 boats, 20 fishermen

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Bahrain accuses Qatar of seizing three boats - agency

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Bahrain rejects Amnesty report citing crackdown on dissent

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Gulf country voted best in world for expats

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Iran harbouring 160 Bahraini fugitives
Manama: Iran is harbouring 160 fugitives wanted by Bahrain for carrying out acts of terror targeting security and stability, the kingdom’s interior minister has said. At least 25 police officers have been killed in the terrorist acts while up to 3,000 have been wounded, Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa told Saudi daily Asharq Al Awsat. “There is a direct link between the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and terrorist acts in Bahrain,” he said   Read More ...
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Tags: Law Enforcement |  Wars |  Terrorism |  Terror |  Fugitives | 
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Bahrain accuses Iran of harboring 160 ‘terrorists’
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahrain’s interior minister accused Iran of harboring 160 Bahrainis convicted of terrorism and stripped of their citizenship, in an interview published Wednesday. All 160 “fugitives” had been stripped of citizenship in “terrorism cases” targeting Bahraini police and security forces, told the Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat. He accused Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards of having trained the group, who were convicted of attacks that killed 25 security personnel and wounded 3,000 others, according to Asharq Al-Awsat   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Terrorism |  Terrorist | 
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Bahrain’s Noga gives initial price guidance for 10-year bond -lead
DUBAI: Bahrain’s Oil and Gas Holding Company (Noga) has given initial price guidance for its planned 10-year US dollar benchmark bond in the high 7 per cent range, a document issued by one of the banks leading the deal showed on Wednesday. Benchmark deals are conventionally meant to be upwards of $500 million. Citi, JP Morgan, Bank ABC, BNP Paribas, Gulf International Bank and HSBC are the joint lead managers and joint bookrunners on the deal   Read More ...
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Bahrain to buy 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets
Manama: Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has announced the signing of a $3.8 billion-deal with Lockheed Martin to buy 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets. The deal was concluded on the second day of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC 2017), which runs from October 16 to 18, 2017. "Lockheed Martin values our long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain. We remain fully committed to supporting the US government and the Kingdom of Bahrain in ongoing government-to-government discussions around the proposed sale of the F-16 Block 70," a company official said   Read More ...
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Tags: Weapons |  Fighter planes | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  Bahrain |  United Arab Emirates | 
Bahrain says it signed $3.8 bn deal for F-16 jets
DUBAI (AFP) - Bahrain on Tuesday announced it had signed a $3.8 billion deal with Lockheed Martin for 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets. The Bahrain Defence Force signed the agreement with the US company during a defence exhibition in the Gulf kingdom, home to the US Fifth Fleet, the state-run BNA news agency reported. US President Donald Trump has eased restrictions on arms sales to countries including Bahrain   Read More ...
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Bahrain seals $3.8 billion deal with Lockheed Martin for F-16 aircraft
MANAMA, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The Bahrain Defence Force signed a $3.8 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to buy 16 upgraded F-16 aircraft on Tuesday, the official Bahrain state news agency said. In September, the U.S. State Department approved arms sales packages worth more than $3.8 billion to Bahrain including F-16 jets, upgrades, missiles and patrol boats. U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington’s relations with Bahrain would improve, after meeting with the king of the Gulf Arab state during a visit to Saudi Arabia in May   Read More ...
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Bahraini monarch honors Zain Vice-Chairman and Group CEO
Bahraini monarch honors Zain Vice-Chairman and Group CEO MANAMA/KUWAIT: At an honorary ceremony held at the Sakhir palace in Bahrain last week, King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain honored Zain’s Vice-Chairman and Group CEO Bader Nasser Al-Kharafi in a ceremony expressing the kingdom’s appreciation of Zain Group’s efforts to spread the culture of tolerance, dialogue and peace. King Hamad also acknowledged and praised Zain Group’s support and participation in the ‘This Is Bahrain’ event that was held in Sept 2017 in Los Angeles   Read More ...
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New Bahrain oil pipeline ready in 2018, gas pipeline under study
MANAMA A new 350,000-barrels-per-day oil pipeline between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will be completed next year to serve the planned expansion of Bahrain’s refinery capacity, while construction of a gas pipeline is being considered, Bahrain’s oil minister said. Bahrain is in final negotiations with a preferred bidder to expand its only oil refinery and a contract is expected to be awarded before the year-end, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said in an interview   Read More ...
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GCAA signs deal to regulate air transport between the UAE and Bahrain
Dubai: The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) signed an agreement to regulate air transport services between the UAE and Bahrain. The Authority said the agreement comes in light of the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ objective to upgrade all of its services especially in the air transport sector. The agreement also represents another step in the development of air transport services between the UAE and Bahrain for providing the legal frameworks to meet aviation security requirements   Read More ...
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Bahrain reiterates commitment to combating terrorism
Manama: King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa has reiterated Bahrain’s commitment to the combat against terrorism and its backers and funders. "The Kingdom of Bahrain affirms its adherence to the basic principles declared by the countries calling for the fight against terrorism and uncovering the supporters and funders of terrorism who adopt political agendas that aim to fabricate crises, divide ranks and threaten the security and stability of the region,” King Hamad said on Sunday as he opened the last term of the parliament elected in 2014   Read More ...
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Bahrain strives to turn ICT to new oil
Manama inviting Korean tech firms with improved infrastructure. By Nam Hyun-woo. MANAMA, Bahrain ― About four decades ago, the people of Bahrain saw a slew of Korean workers flooding into their country and spreading out to other Middle Eastern countries to gain jobs working on massive infrastructure projects. In their eyes, those strangers were desperate migrant workers, carrying out extra work to send a penny more home to their families   Read More ...
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Bahrain ship detained at Colombo harbour for not paying workers salaries
A ship owned by a Bahrain company, which had failed to pay the wages of its crew, has been detained at the Colombo harbour. This is following a court case filed by the workers of the respective ship in Sri Lanka against the non-payment of their salaries. The respective ship which arrived in the country in June subsequently experienced technical difficulties   Read More ...
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U.S. halts military drills with allies over Qatar crisis
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the , trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities told The Associated Press on Friday. While offering few details, the acknowledgement by the U.S. military's Central Command shows the concern it has over the conflict gripping the Gulf, home to the U   Read More ...
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Lawyers accuse UK-backed Bahrain watchdogs over torture inquiry
DUBAI (Reuters) - A group of British human rights lawyers have accused Bahraini oversight bodies funded by Britain's government of violating international law by allegedly failing to investigate torture allegations against two inmates on death row. Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Moosa face imminent execution in Bahrain after its Supreme Court last year confirmed death sentences imposed by a lower tribunal based on false confessions extracted through torture, according to legal charity Reprieve   Read More ...
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Tags: Judiciary |  Crimes |  Lawyers |  Torture |  Punishment |  Penalties |  Death Penalty |  Practice of Law | 
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Five policemen injured in terror blast
Manama: Five policemen were injured in a terror blast while securing Ashoora procession on Budaiya Highway in Daih in the outskirts of the capital Manama, the Ministry of Interior said late on Monday. "The necessary steps are being taken," the ministry said on its media centre Twitter account. Saudi Arabia condemned the attack and said that it fully supported Bahrain against terror attacks targeting the island kingdom's security and stability and attempting to intimidate its people   Read More ...
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'Korea-Bahrain ties will be more future-oriented'
Korean Ambassador to Bahrain Koo Hyun-mo said the bilateral relationship between the two countries continues to expand and more opportunities for each country are waiting. “The two countries’ relation is expanding from the existing field of infrastructure construction to health and medical, information and communication technology (ICT) and defense industries,” Koo said during an interview with The Korea Times. Since the establishment of the two countries’ diplomatic ties in 1976, Bahrain has been “the gateway to the Gulf” for Korea, mainly because a Korean Air flight linking Seoul and Manama was the inaugural and only airline connecting Korea and the region   Read More ...
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Bahrain wants to be 'honey that attracts bees'
EDB CEO asks Korean firms to invest in Bahrain By Nam Hyun-woo MANAMA, Bahrain -- Bahrain's Economic Development Board (EDB) Chief Executive Khalid Al Rumaihi said the country wants to become a Middle Eastern home to innovative info-tech entrepreneurs from around the world as if it is "honey that attracts bees." "Building an interesting ecosystem for startups, we may be late in the game, but the youth here are no different from the youth in Korea," Al Rumaihi told The Korea Times at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama, the capital of the nation   Read More ...
Places: South Korea |  Bahrain | 
NY Rabbi to lead first congregational mission to Bahrain
NEW YORK - The Hampton Synagogue’s Rabbi Marc Schneier will lead an unprecedented congregational mission to Bahrain in early 2018, after being invited by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa himself. The congregation, located in Westhampton beach in New York State, will be the very first Jewish one to visit an Arab country in the Gulf. Dates and itineraries of the visit are expected to be distributed to participants in the coming weeks   Read More ...
Places: Bahrain |  Israel |  New York | 
Bassiouni, father of international criminal law, remembered
Sharif Bassiouni, an Egyptian-American law professor who helped create the International Criminal Court in 1998 after having spent decades investigating human rights abuses from apartheid-era South Africa to the former Yugoslavia, died September 25 at his home in Chicago. He was 79. Daniel Swift, a lawyer who worked in Bassiouni’s legal practice, said the cause was complications from multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in plasma cells   Read More ...
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Tags: Laws |  Criminal law | 
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Members of New York synagogue to visit Bahrain at invitation of king
Members of a New York synagogue will visit the Arab country of Bahrain at the invitation of its monarch. The Hampton Synagogue on Long Island will stop in the Middle East island nation on the way to a congregational mission to Israel early next year, its rabbi, Marc Schneier, announced during High Holidays services. The Westhampton Beach synagogue will become the first Jewish congregation to visit an Arab country in the Persian Gulf, the congregation’s president, Carol Levin, said in a statement   Read More ...
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Despite hype, experts doubt Bahrain-Israel ties ready for prime time
Reports this month have indicated the island kingdom of Bahrain will soon take steps to normalize ties with Israel, ending seven decades of a diplomatic boycott of the Jewish state. And some experts who spoke with The Times of Israel say they have noticed a tendency in recent years for Bahrain to speak publicly about its relations with Israel. However, at the same time, analysts argue it’s unlikely Bahrain would normalize ties with the Jewish state without any serious developments in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians   Read More ...
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WVU expanding in Bahrain, despite human rights concerns
West Virginia University will keep expanding into Bahrain, despite warnings from the international community that the Middle Eastern country suppresses human rights. William Brustein, WVU’s vice president for global strategies and international affairs, thinks little would be accomplished to change the human rights abuses by not engaging with the country. “The best way to work towards changing behaviors and opening up people’s minds is to engage them and not isolate them and stay away,” said Brustein   Read More ...
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In General Assembly address, Bahrain calls for strong, stable Middle East
23 September 2017 Bahrain reiterated its support for a strong Middle East in its United Nations General Assembly address, underscoring the need for strong and common political will to guarantee positive relations with other countries, support for the principles of non-interference in others internal affairs, and reaffirmation of the fight against terrorism and its sponsors. “As partners, we can work together to preserve the security of the Gulf region, to combat terrorism and to provide protection for international navigation and commerce routes,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, addressing the world body in New York   Read More ...
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Israel, Bahrain could announce normalized ties by next year — report
Israel will reportedly normalize diplomatic ties with the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain as the two countries draw closer over their shared hostility to Iran, with an announcement even possible in the coming months. While there have been a number of recent signs that Bahrain is dropping its traditional hostility to the Jewish state, such as the visit in May of officials from the Israeli Football Association to a FIFA congress there, Western and Bahraini officials told the Middle East Eye that an official announcement of the establishment of relations could happen as soon as next year   Read More ...
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Bahrain’s debt levels and associated costs need a check
Bahrain has the means, stamina and experience in addressing some of the socioeconomic challenges engulfing the smallest state within the Gulf Cooperation Council. On the economic side, problems include the yawning budgetary deficit, growing public debt, poor credit ratings and the disturbing youth unemployment levels. With regards to public finance, the budgetary shortage for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 is a matter of concern   Read More ...
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Tags: Economy |  Economics | 
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China, Bahrain may swap places on 2018 Formula one calendar
Formula One is confident China will have a race next season but the grand prix in Shanghai may end up swapping dates with Bahrain, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said on Thursday. China is currently pencilled in as the second round of the season, subject to confirmation of a new contract, on April 8 with the race at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit on the following weekend   Read More ...
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Tags: Motor Sport |  Formula One | 
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Rabbis say Bahrain king wants Arab boycott of Israel to end
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hosting a Los Angeles event with the son of Bahrain's king, two prominent U.S. rabbis let something slip to those in attendance: the ruler of the island nation thinks the longtime boycott of Israel by Arab countries should end. The rabbis' revelation of the king's opinion shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, however   Read More ...
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Rabbis say Bahrain king wants Arab boycott of Israel to end
By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Hosting a Los Angeles event with the son of Bahrain's king, two prominent U.S. rabbis let something slip out: the island nation's ruler thinks the longtime boycott of Israel by Arab countries should end. The rabbis' revelation of the king's opinion shouldn't come as too much of a surprise - Arab nations have slowly inched closer to Israel in recent years, partly because both sides remain incredibly suspicious of Iran's intentions as the wars in Iraq and Syria wind down   Read More ...
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Rabbis say Bahrain king wants Arab boycott of Israel to end
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hosting a Los Angeles event with the son of Bahrain's king, two prominent U.S. rabbis let something slip to those in attendance: the ruler of the island nation thinks the longtime boycott of Israel by Arab countries should end. The rabbis' revelation of the king's opinion shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, however   Read More ...
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Rabbis say Bahrain king wants Arab boycott of Israel to end
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Hosting a Los Angeles event with the son of Bahrain's king, two prominent U.S. rabbis let something slip out: the island nation's ruler thinks the longtime boycott of Israel by Arab countries should end. The rabbis' revelation of the king's opinion shouldn't come as too much of a surprise — Arab nations have slowly inched closer to Israel in recent years, partly because both sides remain incredibly suspicious of Iran's intentions as the wars in Iraq and Syria wind down   Read More ...
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Motor racing: China, Bahrain may swap places on 2018 F1 calendar
GROVE, England (Reuters) - Formula One is confident China will have a race next season but the grand prix in Shanghai may end up swapping dates with Bahrain, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said on Thursday. China is currently pencilled in as the second round of the season, subject to confirmation of a new contract, on April 8 with the race at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit on the following weekend   Read More ...
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How can negotiators in the Israeli-Palestinian talks learn from Bahrain?
The tiny Sunni Arab Gulf nation of Bahrain made front-page news in, of all places, the tiny Jewish nation this week, amid revelations that monarch Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa condemned the Arab boycott of Israel and made clear that his citizens could visit Jerusalem during a speech to a delegation of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center.While more "open" than many other Muslim countries, Bahrain remains far from "free" in the western sense of the word, as the Shiite-majority Kingdom is ruled by Sunni royals who by no means hesitate to crack down on civil society and impinge on basic human and civil rights when they feel threatened   Read More ...
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Qatar accuses Bahrain of stoking Gulf tension
Qatar accuses Bahrain of stoking Gulf tension DOHA: Qatar accused Bahrain yesterday of abusing a routine fisheries enforcement case to deepen a three-month diplomatic crisis between the emirate and its Gulf neighbors. “The State of Qatar condemned the statement issued by the Bahraini Interior Ministry on the detention of 15 Bahraini boats carrying 20 sailors, describing it as a desperate attempt to escalate the ongoing diplomatic dispute,” the official QNA news agency reported   Read More ...
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Qatar seized 15 boats, 20 fishermen
Dubai: Bahrain on Monday accused Qatar of seizing 15 boats from the kingdom with 20 fishermen on board, in the latest spat between the neighbours caught up in a diplomatic dispute. In a statement on its website, Bahrain’s interior ministry said Qatar had seized three Bahraini boats with 16 aboard in the past two days. Coast Guard commander Ala Siyadi said in the statement that this took to 15 the overall number of boats seized and 20 the number of fishermen   Read More ...
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Analysis: Bahrain hopes overtures to Israel and Jews will cover up human rights abuses
While one might be tempted to think that the king has undergone a spiritual conversion to Zionism, in fact the Bahraini posture cannot be detached from realpolitik considerations, including that the kingdom's image and standing are taking a beating because of its egregious human rights record and increasingly repressive regime. Embracing Jews, taking a friendly stance towards Israel and marketing itself as a beacon of enlightenment and tolerance could be a way of projecting a better image and gaining favor in western circles   Read More ...
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Qatar seized 15 boats, 20 fisherman
Dubai: Bahrain on Monday accused Qatar of seizing 15 boats from the kingdom with 20 fishermen on board, in the latest spat between the neighbours caught up in a diplomatic dispute. In a statement on its website, Bahrain’s interior ministry said Qatar had seized three Bahraini boats with 16 aboard in the past two days. Coast Guard commander Ala Siyadi said in the statement that this took to 15 the overall number of boats seized and 20 the number of fishermen   Read More ...
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Bahrain accuses Qatar of seizing three boats
DUBAI - Bahrain accused Qatar on Monday of illegally seizing three boats with 16 sailors on board, state news agency BNA reported, worsening an already deeply troubled diplomatic situation in the region. Coast Guard Commander Commodore Alaa Siyadi told BNA the boats were seized over the past three days. The report gave no details on the nature of the boats or where they were seized   Read More ...
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Bahrain accuses Qatar of seizing three boats - agency
DUBAI: Bahrain accused Qatar on Monday of illegally seizing three boats with 16 sailors on board, state news agency BNA reported, worsening an already deeply troubled diplomatic situation in the region. Coast Guard Commander Commodore Alaa Siyadi told BNA the boats were seized over the past three days. The report gave no details on the nature of the boats or where they were seized   Read More ...
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Bahrain accuses Qatar of seizing three boats: agency
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain accused Qatar on Monday of illegally seizing three boats with 16 sailors on board, state news agency BNA reported, worsening an already deeply troubled diplomatic situation in the region. Coast Guard Commander Commodore Alaa Siyadi told BNA the boats were seized over the past three days. The report gave no details on the nature of the boats or where they were seized   Read More ...
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Bahrain’s king opposes Arab boycott of Israel, Jewish leader says
The king of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, opposes the Arab states’ boycott of Israel and intends to allow citizens from his kingdom to visit the Jewish state freely, according to Rabbi Marvin Hier, who is the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, California. Bahrain and Israel have no formal diplomatic relations. Heir, alongside the Associate Director of the Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, met with the Bahraini king in Manama, the tiny Persian Gulf state’s capital, on February 26, 2017   Read More ...
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