Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign historic Trump-brokered accords

  • Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign historic Trump-brokered accords

Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign historic Trump-brokered accords

The accord brings the Gulf countries toward normalising relations with Israel in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran. Egypt and Jordan had previously established ties with Israel.

While the U.A.E., Bahrain and other Arab countries support the Palestinians, the Trump administration has persuaded the two countries not to let that conflict keep them from having normal relations with Israel. He was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Zayani.

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.

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel at the same time the ceremony was being held.

"The Palestinians will ultimately come in too", he said.

The Palestinians have not embraced the USA vision.

"For years, standard operating procedure in terms of Israeli-Arab relations in general and for the Palestinians in particular has been rooted in rejectionism and anti-normalization", he said.

At the White House, there were no handshakes, possibly in observance of coronavirus restrictions.

In a nod to the coronavirus that has hit the United States and the world, the White House is encouraging but not requiring the participants to wear masks. The men then descended a staircase and sat at tables on the lawn to sign statements in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

He used an Oval Office meeting before the ceremony to take several digs at his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, and to criticize the Palestinians, who flatly rejected as one-sided his administration's attempts to broker a resolution with Israel.

Specific details of the agreements are not yet publicly available. "These agreements will serve to further halt Iran's aggression and improve Israel's security".

This is something Israel can already do, and includes drones and fighter jets.

The ceremony in Washington, DC marked the first such significant agreement between Arab countries and Israel in a quarter-century.

Sarah Levin, executive director of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, expressed to JNS hope that these deals are "a meaningful first step towards warm, active relations between Israel and other countries throughout the Middle East region" in that "peace and normalization should be preferred to the alternative, and this exciting development gives us a renewed feeling of hope and optimism".

Israel on Tuesday signed landmark normalization deals with two Arab nations at a White House ceremony, with leaders hailing a "new dawn" for peace in the Middle East.

Officials in the home countries cast some doubt on the significance of the agreements.

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". Virtually any agreement of substance would have to be ratified by Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

"This day is a pivot of history", Netanyahu said. On Aug. 13, the Israel-U.A.E. deal was announced.

The Abraham Accord agreement should dispel "any grain of doubt" over the UAE buying stealth F-35 fighter jets from the USA, the Gulf state's minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said she welcomed Tuesday's agreements, but urged a renewed commitment to the two-state solution.

The thaw will also give Israel and its two new Arab partners a big economic opening, just when they are looking to rebuild after the worldwide slowdown triggered by the pandemic. The kingdom is home to the largest USA naval base in the Middle East. Abu-Dhabi earlier said that despite reaching an agreement with Israel, it is not against the creation of a Palestinian state. "I don't say that with any bravado, I just tell you the Palestinians will be a member at the right time", Trump said.

"The Abraham Accords also open the door for Muslims around the world to visit the historic sites in Israel and to peacefully pray at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam".