Monthly Archives: February 2022

Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Meets with King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — February 15, 2022 … Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held an historic meeting today with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at his private palace. The meeting took place in the framework of the Prime Minister’s official visit to the country.

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa stated: “I consider it a historical day, to receive the prime minister of Israel. His visit to Bahrain will be a fruitful visit, a successful visit, because of his determination and leadership towards a joint, integrated effort for the best of the two peoples. I thank him for coming here.”

Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett responded: “Your Majesty, it has been a huge honor to visit your wonderful Kingdom of Bahrain, and I admire your courage and your determination to build your country. I think we discussed many ways to build new bridges, and an architecture for a stronger and more stable region. And I’m looking forward to continuing this remarkable relationship.”

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa: “Inshallah. By the will of G-d.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: “By the will of G-d. In Hebrew it’s Be’ezrat HaShem. In Arabic it’s inshallah.”

Warm relations have existed between Bahrain and Israel since Bahrain achieved its independence in 1971. In recent years, relations between the two nations expanded and the countries agreed to establish diplomatic relations in September 2020. The foreign minister of Bahrain Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has been quoted saying: “Israel is part of the heritage of this whole region, historically. So, the Jewish people have a place amongst us.”

Bennett’s trip illustrated the speed at which Israel has cemented close relations with several Arab governments since the country formalized diplomatic relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, re-established relations with Morocco, and improved them with Sudan, all in 2020.

Bennett told Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Bahraini prime minister, at the start of their meeting:

“Our goal in this visit is to turn it from a government-to-government to a people-to-people peace and to convert it from ceremonies to substance.”

“To substance, exactly,” Prince Salman replied, describing the meeting as “cousins getting together.”

Yad Vashem Invites Whoopi Goldberg To Learn About The Holocaust

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — February 2, 2022 …

Yad Vashem Holocaust Center Chairman Dani Dayan made the following statement:

“The statement by Whoopi Goldberg on the ABC talk show “The View”, only days after the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an unfortunate indication of a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the Holocaust and antisemitism.

We must not mince words; people need to know what led to the Holocaust, the unprecedented murderous drive to annihilate the entire Jewish people their religion, culture and values by the Nazis and their collaborators, primarily due to of the unfounded belief that Jews were their foremost and extremely dangerous racial enemy. 

While her apology and clarification are important, I extend a personal invitation to Ms. Goldberg and other influencers to learn more about the causes, events and aftermath of the Holocaust here at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.”

Israel Defense Minister Gantz Arrives in Bahrain for First Official Visit

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Manama, Bahrain — February 2, 2022 … Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz landed this afternoon in Manama, Bahrain for an official visit to the Kingdom. A welcome ceremony was held at Bahrain International Airport, during which the Defense Minister was greeted by his Bahraini counterpart, Minister of Defense Affairs, H.E. Lieutenant-General Abdullah Bin Hassan Al Nuaimi.

Throughout the historic visit, Minister Gantz is expected to conduct meetings with high ranking officials in the Bahraini defense establishment and with the Kingdom’s leadership.

The Minister is joined by his Chief of Staff, Maayan Israeli, Commander of the Israeli Navy, Admiral David Saar Salama, Military Secretary Brig.-Gen. Yaki Dolf, and Director of the Defense Ministry Policy and Political-Military Bureau Zohar Palti.

The aircraft carrying the delegation is the first Israel Defense Force’s plane to land in Bahrain.

Relations have existed between Bahrain and Israel since Bahrain achieved its independence in 1971. In recent years, relations between the two countries have expanded and the countries agreed to establish diplomatic relations in September 2020. Foreign Minister of Bahrain Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has stated: “Israel is part of the heritage of this whole region, historically. So, the Jewish people have a place amongst us.”