Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa says he believes it is time to end the Arab boycott of Israel and to normalize ties between Arab countries and Zionist entity, Israeli media reported.
The Bahraini king reportedly made the remarks during a visit to Los Angeles, where he attended an event by the pro-Israeli Simon Wiesenthal Center.
During a conversation with the Center’s director Abraham Cooper, King Hamad said the citizens of Bahrain are allowed to visit Israel as they see fit.
Cooper, for his part, praised the King’s stance as “ahead of the pack, and smart”.
"If I had to predict, I would tell you that the Arab world’s relationship with the state of Israel is going to dramatically change... This is a dinner tonight that’s hosted by a Jewish organization that no one will say is not so pro-Israel," Cooper added.
The remarks came weeks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described relations with the Arab world better than any other time.
“What’s happening now with the Arab bloc states has never before happened in our history – even when we signed agreements,” said Netanyahu. “What we have now is greater than anything else during any other period in Israel’s history."
Also, during last year’s Hanukkah celebrations, videos were published showing Bahraini men dancing with Jewish guests.