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Bahrain Group Visits Israel Amid Arab Furor Over Jerusalem

  • Israeli cabinet minister Kara plans trip to Bahrain next year
  • Deeper Gulf ties may lead to 2018 peace conference, Kara says

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Bahrain has sent a group of political and religious figures to Israel to demonstrate the Gulf kingdom’s commitment to religious pluralism and its intention to deepen ties with the Jewish state, an Israeli cabinet member said.

The 24-member delegation arrived last week after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move condemned across the Arab world. Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara, who met the group in Jerusalem and called the timing of their visit coincidental, said on Sunday he plans to visit Bahrain in the coming months.