Report: IDF official to take up post in Bahrain, historic first

The official would be a naval officer who will work as a liaison officer for the United States Fifth Fleet.

A senior Israeli military official is expected to be stationed in Bahrain, Israeli media reported on Thursday – a historic first for both countries.

The announcement, first reported by Channel 13marks the first time an Israeli army official has taken up a post in an Arab country.

The official would be a naval officer who will work as a liaison officer for the United States’ Fifth Fleet, which is headquartered in the Gulf country.

Bahrain became the fourth Arab state to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in a subsequent normalization agreement following the US-brokered Abraham Accords.

This 2020 agreement paved the way for a number of initiatives between the two states – last week Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz made his first official visit to the kingdom and signed a cooperation agreement in terms of security with Manama.

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“The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) framework will support any future cooperation in the areas of intelligence, military-to-military (mil-to-mil) collaboration, industrial collaboration and more,” explained the Israeli Ministry of Defense in a statement on the signing.

Moreover, it was during this visit that the decision to station the naval officer in Bahrain was taken, according to Channel 13.

The official is expected to arrive in Bahrain in the coming weeks, the channel said.

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