Rosen Statement on News of Diplomatic Relations Between Israel and Bahrain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement in response to Bahrain’s announcement that it would join the United Arab Emirates in establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel.

“Today’s news is a continuation of developments in the Middle East that may ultimately lead to lasting peace in the region,” said Senator Rosen. “Support for peace between Israel and its neighbors has enjoyed longstanding bipartisan support in Congress, and for good reason – regional cooperation can promote a more prosperous and secure future for all. I applaud those who helped to secure this agreement, which demonstrates that American diplomatic leadership drives peace and stability. I will continue working in Congress to support a strong U.S.-Israel alliance, and encourage other Arab nations to follow in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates’ footsteps.”

BACKGROUND: Senator Rosen holds the distinction of being the third female Jewish Senator in U.S. history, as well as the first former synagogue president to serve in the United States Senate.

Senator Rosen has a long history of supporting the U.S.-Israel relationship. Last September, Senator Rosen participated in a seven-day official visit to Israel. The Senator engaged in high-level policy briefings and meetings with renowned experts on Israel’s security, U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation, clean energy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Holocaust education, international law, Israel’s vibrant democracy, diverse society, and regional challenges.

Senator Rosen also issued a statement in support of news that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have recently agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations between the countries.

In February, Senator Rosen introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the United Nations (UN) to extend its arms embargo on Iran. The UN arms embargo, which restricts Iran’s conventional weapons imports and exports, expires in October 2020.

Last year, Rosen introduced the US-Israel Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Act, S. 2309, bipartisan legislation that would require the State Department to investigate potential benefits of establishing a joint U.S.-Israel cybersecurity center.