The cabinet has approved the normalization deal with the Arab Gulf state of Bahrain.
The deal next requires ratification by the Knesset. A date for that vote has not yet been set.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says government ministers green-lit “preparation of peaceful, diplomatic and friendly relations between the state of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
Sunday’s vote was largely a formality after the two countries last week agreed to establish diplomatic relations in the wake of signing a US-brokered agreement in September. The two countries had long harbored close, clandestine security cooperation over a shared enmity of regional rival Iran.