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

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

On Tuesday, a rocket from Gaza struck the coastal Israeli city of Ashdod, wounding two people, at the same time as Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements at the White House to establish diplomatic relations. He's fighting an uphill reelection campaign.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the so-called "Abraham accords" are the "greatest diplomatic triumph" in Israel's 72-year history. Some congressional Democrats who have offered muted praise have been invited to attend.

The Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, spoke last. The present two peace agreements were reached - and signed - within a single month, a feat never before imagined or accomplished by another other leader. Trump is expected to sign as a witness.

"You have heard from the president that he has already lined up more and more countries".

In a press statement, the Palestinian presidency said that the Palestinians will not accept the consequences of the agreements as long as the United States and Israel do not recognize the Palestinian people's right to establish their independent state on the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.

"This peace accord which is a historic achievement for the United States of America, the state of Israel and the United Arab Emirates will continue to have a positive impact as we believe that its reverberations will be reflected on the entire region, every option other than peace would signify destruction, poverty, and human suffering", he said.

The deals mean four Arab countries now recognise the state of Israel, the BBC reports.

Israel, 2 Gulf nations seal new accords at White House ceremony, angering Palestinians

Washington is said to have brokered the deals, with a peace agreement between the UAE and Israel announced back in August. "Instead of focusing on past conflicts, people are now focused on creating a vibrant future filled with endless possibilities".

The Trump administration is touting the deals between Israel, UAE and Bahrain as key foreign policy victories with just two months remaining before the USA presidential election on November 3. "The leaders of Israel, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the UAE have taken this bold step forward, and it's our honest hope that this fast-tracks peace in the Middle East between Israel and all Arab neighbors". Indeed, television footage of the signing ceremony on Tuesday night was accompanied by information from the IDF Home Front Command about the areas where rocket sirens were triggered.

The deals make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalise ties since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Still, the lack of clarity even a day before the ceremony has raised some suspicions about the durability of the agreements. Shia Iran threatens Israel and Sunni countries with the region's largest missile inventory and proxies that have expanded their influence. The pandemic was in the backdrop of the White House ceremony, where there was no physical distancing and most guests didn't wear masks.

And while the U.A.E. and Bahrain have a history of suppressing dissent and critical public opinion, there have been indications that the agreements are not almost as popular or well received as in Israel. For one, neither country is sending its head of state or government to sign the deals with Netanyahu.

The peace accords were not well-received in Bahrain either, where the AP reports the Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq released a statement condemning normalized relations with the "Zionist entity".

"We're very far down the road with about five countries, five additional countries", Trump said as he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, ahead of a signing ceremony with both Arab states for the US-brokered peace deal. "We have an agreement with the Americans that they will keep our qualitative edge".

The Palestinian leadership, which has long accused Trump of pro-Israel bias, has denounced the Arab rapprochement with Israel as a betrayal of their cause, even though Netanyahu agreed, in return for normalisation with the UAE, to suspend a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

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