Israel and Bahrain will open embassies soon, their foreign ministers said on Wednesday, as the two countries look to broaden cooperation.On a first official visit by Bahraini officials to Israel, the Gulf kingdom's foreign minister, Abdullatif Al-Zayani, said his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, would visit Manama in December.Israeli and Bahrani officials signed several memoranda of understanding in October in Manama covering trade, air services, telecommunications, finance, banking and agriculture.
62-year-old Eytan Stibbe is set to be just the second Israeli to go to space, and the first since the late Ilan Ramon, who was a close friend to Stibbe. The former fighter pilot is expected to launch at the end of 2021, on an historic scientific mission to the International Space Station. Among his goals will be to create advancements for Israeli technologies through scientific experiments in space. “This is a day of national joy, and great pride,” said President Reuven Rivlin. “An Israeli pilot with a blue-and-white flag embroidered on his shoulder will prove once again, as we have been showing here for 72 years, that even the sky isn’t our limit.”
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