The ceremony at the White House is attended by the Prime Minister of Israel and the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
President of the United States Donald Trump on Tuesday holds a ceremony at the White House to sign a document on the normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab States – the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahraini foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani attend a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. The agreement between Israel and the UAE was reached on August 13, and last Friday, Bahrain announced that it also officially recognizes the Jewish state.
Following this agreement, Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to scrap plans for the annexation of the territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River. At the same time, some observers call the agreement another sign of a shift in dynamics in the Middle East, with more Arab countries moving closer to Israel, leaving the Palestinians isolated.
Dana El-Kurd of the al-Shabaak Palestinian think tank said in an interview last week that the agreement to normalize relations between Israel and Bahrain is further evidence that the Arab States are abandoning the 2002 Arab peace initiative without achieving “anything tangible on the Palestinian issue.”
The Trump administration calls this agreement one of its signature foreign policy achievements.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, responding to a recent question, said that he supports the normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab countries, but also expressed the opinion that “Israel must be ready to work towards a genuine two-state solution.”