Bahrain becomes the latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

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  • Israel Bahrain Agreement. President Donald Trump said the two countries agreed to establish diplomatic relations at a historic moment
  • Trump posted on Twitter that it is “another HISTORICAL advance”
  • The announcement comes as 19 years of the September 11 attacks are commemorated today

Bahrain became the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his government to fully integrate the Jewish state into the Middle East.

Trump announced the deal on Friday, following a phone call he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The three leaders also issued a short six-paragraph joint statement attesting to the agreement.

“Another HISTORICAL breakthrough today!” Trump tweeted.

The announcement on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks comes less than a week after Trump holds a ceremony at the White House to mark the establishment of full relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Bahrain’s Foreign Minister will attend the event.

“There is no more powerful response to the hate that 9/11 generated than this agreement,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

It represents another diplomatic victory for Trump less than two months before the presidential election and an opportunity to shore up support among pro-Israel evangelical Christians. Last week, Trump announced agreements in principle for Kosovo to recognize Israel and for Serbia to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“This is a historic breakthrough to promote peace in the Middle East,” Trump, Netanyahu and King Hamad said in the statement. “Opening up direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and enhance stability, security and prosperity in the region.”

Like the UAE deal, Friday’s Bahrain-Israel deal will normalize diplomatic, trade, security and other relations between the two countries.

Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, had already lifted the ban on Israeli flights using its airspace. Saudi Arabia’s acquiescence in the agreements has been seen as key to the agreements.

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President Donald Trump said on August 13 that the United Arab Emirates and Israel They agreed to establish full diplomatic relations as part of an agreement to stop the annexation of occupied lands that the Palestinians seek to establish their future state.

The announcement makes the United Arab Emirates the first Arab country in the Persian Gulf in doing so and only in the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties with Israel.

Trump tweeted a statement from the countries acknowledging the agreement. He then told reporters in the Oval Office at the White House that it was “a truly historic moment.”

“Now that the ice has been broken, I hope that more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

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The recognition awards a rare diplomatic victory to Trump ahead of the November elections, as his efforts to see an end to the war in Afghanistan have yet to materialize, while efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians have not advanced. Israel and the United Arab Emirates have also been among Trump’s closest foreign allies.

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For Israel, the announcement comes after years of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that his government enjoys closer ties with Arab nations than is publicly acknowledged. Netanyahu has tried to build settlements on lands sought after by the Palestinians and adopted a Trump proposal that would allow him to annex much of the occupied West Bank while giving the Palestinians limited autonomy in other areas.

For the United Arab Emirates, famous for having Dubai littered with skyscrapers and the rolling oil-rich sand dunes of Abu Dhabi, it further bolsters its international campaign to be seen as a beacon of tolerance in the Middle East despite being ruled. by autocratic rulers. It also places the United Arab Emirates first in a race for regional recognition among the neighboring countries of the Persian Gulf.

And for the Palestinians, who have long depended on Arab backing in their fight for independence, the announcement marked both a victory and a setback. While Thursday’s agreement halts Israeli annexation plans, the Palestinians have repeatedly urged Arab governments not to normalize relations with Israel until a peace agreement is reached establishing an independent Palestinian state.

“Israel was rewarded for not openly declaring what it has been doing to Palestine illegally and persistently since the beginning of the occupation,” senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi wrote on Twitter. He also said that the UAE has submitted its “secret / normalization deals with Israel.”

The militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, called the Emiratis’ agreement “a stabbing in the back of our people.”

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