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Israel And Other Arab Countries Sign A Peace Agreement, Nine Other Countries Will Do The Same

 

From left to right, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan are involved in signing the Abrahamic Agreement that Bahrain and the Minor king

Israel And Other Arab Countries Sign A Peace Agreement, Nine Other Countries Will Do The Same

The EU and Bahrain are the third and fourth Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel.

Israel signed agreements to normalize relations with the Gulf States of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday, mediated by US President Donald Trump, seen as a breakthrough diplomatic break.

The agreements - known as the Abrahamic Agreement - were signed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirate Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani during a home ceremony White.

"We are here this afternoon to change the course of history."

President Trump said, speaking on a balcony overlooking the Southern Lawn, where hundreds of attendees gathered. 

"After decades of division and conflict, we marked the dawn of a new Middle East."

"These agreements demonstrate that countries in the region are getting rid of failed approaches in the past."

Continued President Trump. 

"The people of the Middle East will no longer allow hatred of Israel as an excuse for radicalism or extremism."

The UAE and Bahrain are the third and fourth Arab states to normalize relations with Israel, although a resolution has not been reached for an inherent dispute with the Palestinians. The final peace treaties with Israel were signed by Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. While Prime Minister Netanyahu attended the signing ceremony on Tuesday, the UAE and Bahrain sent their foreign ministers instead.

President Trump said during bilateral meetings before signing that his administration was in talks with a number of other countries to sign similar deals. He said nine more countries in the middle of reconciliation would normalize relations with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia.

"More countries will join us soon."

President Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. 

“I think we'll have seven, eight or nine. We will have many other countries joining us, including the big ones.”

"That's not what my critics think could happen and now they say, 'oh, that's a good idea,”

Trump continued. 

"I would say, it has received many positive reviews."

About a minute later, President Trump added:

“I spoke to the king of Saudi Arabia, at the right time I thought they would come, yes, I did. This is a very big and historic moment."

"We'll have at least five or six countries cooperating very quickly."

Trump said and added,

"They want to see peace. They've been fighting for a long time."

The new agreements will see Israel suspend claims over areas outlined in the Trump administration's Mideast peace plan.

While marking a diplomatic victory for President Trump ahead of the presidential election in November, the agreements angered Palestinians, sparking protests across the region.

Gulf States could use the agreements to push Israel toward more meaningful talks with the Palestinians who have refused to participate in Trump's Middle East peace initiative, Mekelberg added.

Israeli officials previously said the country was looking to expand ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world. Such relations have quietly warmed up in recent years as countries have been pushed together by their mutual enemy Iran.

 

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