Israel's Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday (November 24) he would visit Bahrain "soon" at the invitation of the Gulf state's Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa.

The shift has enraged the Palestinians who have demanded statehood before any such regional rapprochement.

"We are both excited to bring the fruits of peace to our people and countries in such a short time. That's why he (al-Khalifa) invited me to come soon for a formal visit in Bahrain and I will do this happily," Netanyahu said in a statement about a phone call he held with the crown prince.

A first Bahraini delegation visited Israel last Wednesday. On Monday, an Israeli official and local media said Netanyahu had secretly traveled to Saudi Arabia on Sunday for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo in what would be the first publicly confirmed visit there by an Israeli leader.

Video Transcript

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: I just spoke with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. This was our second conversation. It was very friendly. Both of us are very moved by the fact that we can bring peace to our peoples and our countries in a very short time. Therefore, he also invited me to make an official visit to Bahrain soon. I will do so, on your behalf, with pleasure.