World Jewish Congress president: 'Winds of change across the Middle East'

World Jewish Congress welcomes announced normalization between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ronald Lauder, head of WJC.
Ronald Lauder, head of WJC.

In response to the announcement that the governments of the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain will normalize relations, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder has voiced his unequivocal support.

“The World Jewish Congress enthusiastically welcomes the news that the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations,” he said.

“It is clear to me that the winds of change are being felt across the Middle East. The regional embrace of Israel as a full and equal neighbor by Bahrain, following in the wake of the Israel-United Arab Emirates agreement, is emblematic of the changes taking place in the Arab world.

“I welcome and thank the leadership of Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and the King of Bahrain, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, for this newest chapter in the creation of peace, safety, and security in the Middle East. Jewish history and presence in Bahrain have long been integral pillars of Bahraini culture, and I anticipate that this agreement will lay the groundwork for the next chapter of Jewish-Bahraini coexistence.

“I have warm memories of my visits to Bahrain and my meetings with the Jewish community there. The coexistence between Jews and Muslims in that beautiful country should be a model for others to emulate around the world. I look forward to going to Bahrain again in the very near future.”