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Delegation from UAE, Bahrain light Hannukah candles in Israel, meet President Rivlin

A group from the UAE and Bahrain have been in Israel over the weekend of December 11-December 14 and participated in many events, including meeting President Reuven Rivlin and attending a Hannukah candle lighting.

The group went to many sites in Israel, including the beach and met members of the Israel Ministry of Foreign affairs and held important meetings with local experts and activists.

A video of the special candle lighting can be seen here. Dr. Majid al-Sarrah and Amjad Taha were among those who came and tweeted about the trip. Samooy Harib also tweeted about the experience of being welcomed and the new coexistence that is taking place.

Arsen Ostrovsky wrote "So great to finally meet in person the amazing @thoufeekzak - part historian, part chef, part incredible calligrapher from #UAE - #India. He is here visiting with the UAE Bahrain delegation from @sharakango. And couldn’t think of more appropriate place to meet than #Jerusalem!" Dan Feferman also met the group, "Thrilled to connect with the inspiring and inspired artist @thoufeekzak here in Jerusalem. What a brilliant soul!" Thoufeek Zakriya, one of those on the delegation, tweeted about the trip and a visit to a Druze village on December 15.

See more tweets here. And here.

President Reuven Rivlin wrote on December 14: "Ahlan wa-sahlan! Meeting a delegation of opinion-leaders from #Bahrain and #UAE this morning. Peace is made between people and nations, and this delegation's visit to #Jerusalem today is another step towards our good and warm relations." See the video.

In the Old City of Jerusalem when they went to the Western Wall they were greeted with cheers and warmth as many embraced the new relations with the Gulf. Video from other areas in Jerusalem showed the same warm reception and coexistence. See other videos here and photos here.

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