The Druze minister Ayoob Kara, who has special responsibility for relations between Israel and Arab countries, has revealed to the Jerusalem Post that a Bahraini princess' treatment in an Israeli hospital set the ball rolling towards 'normalisation' between Bahrain and Israel ten years later (with thanks: Lily):
King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa
Israel’s treatment of Bahraini princess Fatima bint Khalifa in 2010 helped pave the way for the normalization deal between the two countries a decade later, former communications Minister Ayoub Kara said on Tuesday. “I believed in 2010 that we had an opportunity to [have] good relations with the Gulf states,” Kara said. Israeli-Bahraini ties.
“This was the beginning of the process,” he said. The entire incident was “very discreet” known only to the princess, her husband, himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kara said. “She was very sick” and believed that she could be treated in Israel, Kara said.