Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar attends a religious conference in Bahrain
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar (center) attends a religious conference in Bahrain
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Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar (center) attends a religious conference in Bahrain

Jerusalem's chief rabbi makes history in Bahrain

In first visit of its kind, Shlomo Amar heads to Bahraini capital to attend religious forum alongside several Muslim clerics from all over the Arab world; sends country's king 'greetings from Jerusalem,' Israeli media reports

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Published: 12.10.19 , 11:46
Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar made history Monday when he met with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on a visit to the Bahraini capital Manama.
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  • Israel's public broadcaster Kan called the visit “the first of its kind,” noting that Ammar “conveyed to the king greetings from Jerusalem.”
    Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar attends a religious conference in BahrainJerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar attends a religious conference in Bahrain
    Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar (center) attends a religious conference in Bahrain
    (Photo: Twitter)
    Municipal rabbis are considered official representatives of the State of Israel but not of its government.
    Amar, who was previously the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, was in the Gulf state to participate in a religious forum along with clerics from Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and other Arab and Islamic countries, Kan said.
    Amar expressed the hope that citizens of both Israel and Bahrain could visit one another’s countries without need for special coordination.
    Kan said the visit was organized by Israeli and American officials, as Bahrain does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.
    Bahrain is one of the Gulf states that appears to be changing its attitude towards the Jewish state, triggered in part by a shared perceived threat from Iran.
    Its foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, shook hands with his Israeli counterpart Israel Katz at the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York in September.
    טקס קביעת מזוזה בלשכת שר התקשורת, ח"כ דודי אמסלם במעמד הראשון לציוןטקס קביעת מזוזה בלשכת שר התקשורת, ח"כ דודי אמסלם במעמד הראשון לציון
    Rabbi Shlomo Ammar
    (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
    Ibn Ahmed has also repeatedly defended strikes launched by Israel on Iranian targets in Syria, branding them as “self-defense,” and criticized the operations carried out by the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah as well as the militant Palestinian factions in Gaza.
    In a previous interview with Kan, the Bahraini foreign minister said that he considers Israel to be “an integral part of the Middle East.”
    First published: 11:46 , 12.10.19
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