The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) welcomes the announcement that the Kingdom of Bahrain will be normalising diplomatic relations with Israel. Bahrain will be the fourth Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel, which follows the groundbreaking peace accord between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

Such improved diplomatic, economic, and bilateral relations between Arab nations and Israel are of great importance and work to the benefit of Israel, the Arab states, and the region. Increased dialogue and engagement leads to a path of greater stability, prosperity, and peace in the Middle East, and between Israel and the Palestinians.

We urge South Africa to react positively and encourage these momentous developments and changes for good in the Middle East.  

Rowan Polovin
National Chairman
South African Zionist Federation