Israel and Bahrain ties approved by Israeli parliament
Bahrain is one of three Arab countries - along with the UAE and Sudan - to set aside hostilities with Israel in recent months.
Israel's parliament on Tuesday approved a US-brokered deal establishing formal relations with Bahrain, by a vote of 62 lawmakers in favour and 14 opposed.
The Middle East countries signed a joint communique on October 18 to formalise their nascent ties. Bahrain is one of three Arab countries - along with the UAE and Sudan - to set aside hostilities with Israel in recent months.
Israel's deals with Gulf Arab states Bahrain and the UAE were forged in part over shared fears of Iran.
"The Knesset (parliament) plenum approved the joint announcement regarding the establishment of diplomatic relations, peace and friendship between the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain," a Knesset spokesman said in a statement.
Speaking at parliament ahead of the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted more regional countries would move to open relations with Israel.
"(The) buds of normalisation are already out there, waiting to blossom. If we pursue the policy I crafted, I am convinced that the flowering will be witnessed in the open," Netanyahu said.
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