Trump Announces Normalization Agreement Between Israel and Bahrain
On Friday, it was announced that Bahrain will follow in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates and normalize ties with Israel.
After a three-way-call between President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al Khalifa, Trump announced the deal and the three leaders released a joint statement.
Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/xMquRkGtpM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2020
The statement reads:
“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East,” the statement read. “Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region.
“King Hamad and Prime Minister Netanyahu express their deep appreciation to President Trump for his dedication to peace in the region, his focus on shared challenges, and the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to bring their nations together.”
This development follows the peace deal between the UAE and Israel last month, which will be signed at the White House next week. At the time, Trump said that more Middle Eastern nations would normalize relations with Israel in the near future.
This is a great diplomatic development for the U.S., Israel, and the Arab Gulf, and will be valuable in the mutual fight against Iranian hegemony.