Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called the upcoming agreement to normalize Israel’s relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain “historic.” The preparation of a contract between Jerusalem and Manama was previously announced on Twitter by President Donald Trump.
“As the President stated at the beginning of this administration, he will strengthen America’s friendships and build new partnerships in the search for peace. He kept his promise. The two peace agreements open up new opportunities for peace and prosperity,” Pompeo said in a statement, thanking Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for their “courage to change the destinies of peoples.”
Trump, speaking to reporters, also called this day “historic,” suggesting that other Arab countries will soon follow the example of Bahrain.
“Opening direct dialogue and links between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation in the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region,” the United States, Bahrain, and Israel said in a joint statement.
A month ago, the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize relations with Israel as part of a US-brokered agreement that is scheduled to be signed at a White House ceremony on September 15.
On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Bahrain’s decision marks a “new era” in the world.
“For many years, we have invested in the world, and now the world will invest in us, will lead to massive investments in the Israeli economy, and this is very important,” Netanyahu said in a video message.
UAE Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hend Al-Otaiba congratulated Bahrain and Israel, saying the landmark event is “another important historic achievement that will make a huge contribution to the stability and prosperity of the region.”
Hazem Qasem, the Hamas representative in Gaza, said Bahrain’s decision to normalize relations with Israel “seriously damages the Palestinian cause by supporting the occupation.”
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the special adviser to the speaker of the Iranian Parliament on international Affairs, called Bahrain’s decision “a great betrayal of the Islamic cause and the Palestinians.”