The only Jewish woman lawmaker in Bahrain is a candidate to become this Persian Gulf kingdom's ambassador to Washington. Huda Nono, a legislator in the Shura Council, said she was among people being considered for the post. There are less than 10 Jewish families in Bahrain. Jews migrated here in the 19th century, mostly from Iran and Iraq.
If Nono was appointed, Bahrain would be the first Arab country to send a high-level Jewish diplomat to Washington. A pro-Western island nation with Sunni rulers and a Shiite majority, Bahrain is a close U.S. ally and hosts the base of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
[B]y considering Nono, Bahrain's ruler may be seeking to pave the way for opening formal diplomatic relations with Israel.