Alwaght- The Bahraini regime has invited top Israeli businessmen to visit the Persian Gulf kingdom in January amid Muslim anger over al-Quds move.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Jerusalem Post that the visit would be a follow-up to this month's Bahraini delegation in Israel.
"The Bahrainis have approved it. It will be a Wiesenthal Center delegation. The idea is to establish some direct contacts, which are not political, but the idea is to start normal contacts," Cooper told the Jerusalem Post.
His comments were published just days after a Bahraini delegation, "This is Bahrain", arrived in Tel Aviv with a goal to "send a message of religious tolerance and coexistence", according to local media.
The cross-border delegations come at a time of heightened tensions across Palestine after the US President Donald Trump declared recognition of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Israeli regime.
The Bahraini regime’s delegation visit was criticized by social media users, including Bahrainis who said the trip did not represent their feelings.
Bahrain and Israeli regime do not maintain diplomatic relations. Bahraini officials have previously suggested that stronger ties could benefit both countries in confronting their mutual rival, Iran.
Documents released by WikiLeaks in 2011 highlighted Bahrain's contacts with Israel "at the intelligence/security level" and indicated that the Persian Gulf monarch was "willing to move forward in other areas".
In September Bahrain’s king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has called for an end to the Arab boycott of the Israeli regime, days after the Israeli premier Netanyahu said relations with the Arab world were better than any other time.