Published: Wed, September 16, 2020

President Trump Hosts Ceremony Normalizing Relations Between Israel, UAE and Bahrain

President Trump Hosts Ceremony Normalizing Relations Between Israel, UAE and Bahrain

(L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan pose from the Truman Balcony at the White House after they participated in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, in Washington on September 15, 2020.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday for normalising relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran. They are friends", The White House tweeted."After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East. Congratulations to the people of Israel, the people of the United Arab Emirates, and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Hundreds of guests attended the event despite the coronavirus pandemic but there were no ceremonial handshakes to cement the agreements.

She went on to describe how Palestinians were "abandoned by their Arab neighbors" and how they were left "powerless to do anything except protest".

Mr. Netanyahu told the president, "You have the key to the hearts of the people of Israel".

"This day is a pivot of history".

"As for us in the United Arab Emirates, this accord will enable us to continue to stand by the Palestinian people and realize their hopes for an independent state within a stable and prosperous region".

Experts say it likely would take a true regional heavyweight like Saudi Arabia to enter into normalisation talks with the Jewish state to amass that kind of influence.

"We're here this afternoon to change the course of history", Trump said from a balcony overlooking the South Lawn.

"We have many others going to be coming in over a short period of time", Mr. Trump said, "And the Palestinians will ultimately come in too".

"It heralds a new dawn of peace", he said.

"Thank you for choosing peace and halting the annexation of Palestinian territories", UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan told Mr Netanyahu.

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he believes Saudi Arabia will follow Bahrain and the UAE in fully normalising relations with Israel.

Multiple rockets have been fired from Gaza towards Israeli cities during the UAE-Bahrain peace deal signing in Washington.

Although Palestinians might regard the current situation as gloomy, Zakariya says it still harbours several opportunities.

Militants in Gaza launched rockets into Israel and Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Palestinian enclave in an explosive backdrop to the signing of pacts for formal ties between Israel and two Gulf Arab countries.

Tuesday's ceremony follows months of intricate diplomacy headed by Kushner and Trump's envoy for worldwide negotiations, Avi Berkowitz, that first bore fruit August 13 when the Israel-UAE deal was announced. He added that the Americans are "very serious" about it and always found "good ways" to uphold Israel's superiority. He gave a symbolic key to the White House to Mr. Netanyahu, calling it "the big day". But analysts say that UAE and Bahrain have likely secured the approval of the Saudis, a key player and USA ally in the region, before announcing normalization.

The secretary of the central committee of the Fatah Party, Jibril Rajoub, told reporters "what is happening today in Washington is a form of collapse of the official Arab order". Trump said on Tuesday he would have no problem selling advanced stealth F-35 fighter jets to the UAE, which for years has sought to obtain them. According to the AP, in addition to the rocket attacks Palestinians expressed their outrage in the West Bank and in Gaza by trampling on and setting fires to pictures of Trump, Netanyahu, and the leaders of the UAE and Bahrain. Egypt and Jordan signed their peace deals with Israel in 1979 and 1994 respectively. Dozens also took part in a demonstration in Ramallah, home of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

"This is a backstab to the Palestinian people", said Zeina Hutchison, head of a coalition of pro-Palestinian associations behind the rally.

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