Sun Jan 1, 2017 10:28AM
A grab from footage showing a group of rabbis dancing with a number of Bahrainis during a Hanukkah ceremony in Manama.
A grab from footage showing a group of rabbis dancing with a number of Bahrainis during a Hanukkah ceremony in Manama.
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These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Bahrain cozying up to Israel?

There have recently been reports that Bahrain, along with a number of other Persian Gulf Arab states, is covertly seeking to normalize ties with Israel. A recently published video has given rise to such speculations. The footage depicts a group of rabbis dancing with a number of Bahrainis during a Hanukkah ceremony held in Manama. The Jewish delegation was headed by American Jewish millionaire Lazer Scheiner. The event is said to have been hosted by Bahrain’s king.

Kerry’s anti-Israel remarks

The US secretary of state, in a fiery speech this past Wednesday, launched a strong criticism of Israel’s settlement activities. Kerry warned that Israel’s persistence to construct more illegal settlements on Palestinian lands had put the prospects for peace in serious jeopardy. Kerry said the United States could not stay silent as Israeli settlement building risked undermining peace. Many believe John Kerry stated what has been obvious for many years. But his unprecedented criticism of Israel is too little and comes too late.

2016 underreported stories 

The mainstream media in the West have been repeatedly accused of deliberately failing to cover some key international crises, which are responsible for the suffering of a number of nations and ethnic minorities of the world. One of the crises is the Saudi war on Yemen, which, according to Yemeni sources, has claimed over 11,400 lives so far. Other key stories that did not receive the media coverage they deserved in 2016 were the plight of the Kashmiris under India’s rule and the status of the refugees in Australia.