The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed a landmark agreement with Israel


The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have signed a historic diplomatic routine agreement with Israel at a ceremony at the White House.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed a landmark agreement with Israel


In a program chaired by President Donald Trump, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zian signed agreements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The treaties, the details of which are still being negotiated’ represent for the first time in a quarter of a century that any Arab country has recognized the Jewish state diplomatically. Jordan and Egypt signed agreements with Israel in 1994 and 1979, respectively.

The move, which marks a significant shift in regional geopolitics, should look at embassies in the countries concerned, as well as flights, tourism and trade links.

Defense ties are expected to be established’ soon, along with the possible sale of Israeli fighter jets to Gulf Arab countries.

The agreements strengthen the regional alliance against Iran. It is the common enemy of both sides.

The Abraham Accords, as they are called’ have been described’ by the Trump administration as a "path to peace" for the region and proof of Mr. Trump's credentials as a deal maker.

Mr. Trump has predicted that more Arab countries will soon implement their agreements with Israel.

Speaking from the White House balcony, he said: "We are here this afternoon to change the course of history. We will have at least five or six countries coming very soon."

He said another Gulf state, a close ally of the United States, Saudi Arabia, would sign the agreement "at the right time."

The three Middle East leaders praised the deal and Mr. Trump's role in the shining terms, with Mr. Netanyahu saying it gave hope to "all of Abraham's people".

Photographs of the signatures and the apparent change in the regional alliance they represent are sure to be used’ by Mr. Trump and his re-election team.

The Trump administration had a clear desire to hold today's event before the November election. As a result, most of the details of the alliance have not yet been’ finalized.

The United Arab Emirates and then Bahrain agreed to normalize relations and recognize Israel after the Israeli prime minister promised to suspend plans to annex parts of the Palestinian West Bank.

The move by the Gulf Arab states violated a major Arab convention, which stated in the 2002 Arab Peace Accords that no Arab country would recognize Israel as long as it occupied the occupied Palestinian territories (Gaza). And do not give up the West Bank completely and do not allow its establishment. A Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Palestinian leadership saw the agreements as fraudulent, and both UAE and Bahraini officials sought to reassure them that they were not abandoning them or seeking a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. have been.

Mr. Al-Zayani said: "Today is truly a historic occasion. It is a moment of hope and opportunity."

Sheikh Abdullah said: "We are already witnessing a change in the heart of the Middle East, a change that will bring hope to the whole world.

"We are witnessing a new trend today that will pave the way for a better Middle East."

The Israeli military said that as a sign of ongoing tensions, Palestinian militants fired rockets at Israel from Gaza during the ceremony, adding that two people were treated’ for minor injuries.

"This is not peace, this is surrender in exchange for the continuation of aggression," read a tweet posted on the Palestine Liberation Organization's Twitter account. "There will be no peace before Palestine is liberated."

The administration of Donald Trump and the Israelis say the agreements mark a turning point and will force the Palestinians to accept the reality of the situation as it is now.

The Trump peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was unveiled in January, envisioning a future Palestinian state, but is currently on less land than it would otherwise agree on, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Within hours of the signing ceremony, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told reporters in a zoom briefing that the Palestinian issue was still a central concern.

He said a two-state solution was still the goal and that his country's decision to normalize relations with Israel "broke the psychological barrier".

He suggested that Arab countries now have more to take advantage of against the Israelis on the Palestinian issue.

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