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Israeli, Bahraini, UAE, US paratroopers make joint jump over Gulf

Senior IDF officers, Israeli and American ambassadors to Bahrain participate in event to mark second anniversary of Abraham Accords

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Paratroopers from Israel, Bahrain, the UAE and the US are seen in Bahrain on October 26, 2022. (Screenshot: Twitter - Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Paratroopers from Israel, Bahrain, the UAE and the US are seen in Bahrain on October 26, 2022. (Screenshot: Twitter - Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

A delegation of Israeli paratroopers held a joint jump over Bahrain on Wednesday, alongside soldiers from the Gulf nation, the UAE, and the United States to mark two years since the signing of the Abraham Accords.

The event was another sign of closer defense ties between Israel and Bahrain, and it comes two weeks before several Israeli defense contractors are slated to participate in the Bahrain International Airshow.

The Israel Defense Forces said some 40 paratroopers participated in the event. Additionally, the sides held bilateral discussions “to strengthen cooperation between the armies.”

Senior IDF officers, including Maj. Gen Itai Veruv, commander of the Depth Corps and Military Colleges, and head of the IDF Infantry and Paratroopers Corps Brig. Gen. Guy Levy, participated in the meetings.

The Israeli and American ambassadors to Bahrain also participated in the event, according to the IDF.

“We engaged in strategic discussions, analyzing situations and making plans for cooperation for the future. Two years ago such a meeting was nothing more than a far-fetched imagination or a dream,” said Veruv in remarks published by the IDF.

“The thought that we would sit like this naturally and discuss as partners, open up knowledge and create a platform for collaboration was unthinkable,” he added.

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