Trump hails ‘dawn of new Middle East’ after UAE-Bahrain-Israel deals. President Trump spoke as the two Gulf states signed agreements fully normalizing their relations with Israel.
The three countries hailed the deals as historic, as did Trump, whose administration helped broker them. The Gulf states are the third and fourth Arab countries to recognize Israel despite its occupation of the Palestinian people and their land.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the deals, saying, “This day is a pivot of history; it heralds new dawn of peace.”
But Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said only an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.
“Peace, security and stability will not be achieved in the region until the Israeli occupation ends,” he said in a statement after the signing of the deals, AFP news agency reports.
The Israeli army claims two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel while the ceremony was underway.
The UAE has said progress on Palestinian statehood is central, and that their agreement included a promise from Israel to “suspend” its controversial plan to annex key parts of the occupied West Bank that were allocated to it by President Trump under the Middle East peace plan he unveiled in January.
The Palestinians rejected Trump’s proposals as biased towards Israel and warned that annexation would destroy their hopes of a viable future independent state and violate international law – a stance supported by much of the international community. Trump hails ‘dawn