Al Quds Al Sharif, SAEDNEWS, Nov. 25: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was today nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize following recent breakthroughs in Arab-Israeli relations. Another nominee, who was also recommended for the award by Good Friday Agreement lawmaker Lord David Trimble, was Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Deputy Supreme commander of the UAE military.
Israel, lead by Netanyahu, has normalised relations with Bahrain and the UAE in recent months - the reason for his nomination. Netanyahu's place is not yet set in stone. As he was put forward by a laureate, Lord Trimble, the prize committee is still required to meet to push through his nomination.
A meeting between Al Nahyan and Netanyahu is set to take place 'soon', the Times of Israel reported.
Before news of his nomination was made public today, Netanyahu also announced he would be visiting Bahrain, which has also recently normalised ties with Israel.
In an official statement, the Israeli PM said he spoke with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on the phone the night before. Netanyahu said the two leaders discussed how they could strengthen bonds between the two countries.
According to Netanyahu, the Crown Prince extended an invitation to stay in the country's capital city, Manama, to which he agreed.
'I spoke now with the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa,' said Netanyahu in a statement Tuesday morning. 'It was our second conversation, and it was very coridial.' (Source: Daily Mail).