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Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar at the Conference of Religious Leaders held in Bahrain, Dec. 9 2019

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar is concluding a rare and special visit to Bahrain this week, where he was invited by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to attend a Conference of Religious Leaders in the Gulf nation.

Under strict security and in coordination with Israel’s foreign ministry, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel met with the king during his visit as well as with religious leaders from Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the United States, Russia, Italy, India and Thailand.


Diplomatic officials and Israel’s Foreign Ministry were involved in organizing the visit and the Rabbi’s schedule.

“Middle East nations want peace with Israel,” Rabbi Amar said during his stay. “The leadership should promote that without fear,” he said, adding that he hoped in the future, such visits would not require special preparation.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.