Trump announces Bahrain-Israel normalization of ties

Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel; President Donald Trump said on Friday.

Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said.

A joint statement also issued by the three leaders; said they had agreed on “establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. 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,” the joint statement said.

The Israel-UAE accord; also announced Aug. 13; will have the signing of parties on Tuesday at the White House.

Historic agreement

The statement also said Bahrain accepted Trump’s invitation; to join Israel and the UAE at the signing ceremony. It said Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani of Bahrain will be signing a “historic Declaration of Peace” at the event.

Additionally the parties “will continue their efforts in this regard to achieve a just, comprehensive; and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to enable the Palestinian people to realize their full potential,” the joint statement said.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa; a prominent Bahraini adviser to the king and the former longtime foreign minister, wrote on Twitter that the agreement boosts the region’s security and prosperity.

“It sends a positive and encouraging message equally; to the people of Israel that a just and comprehensive peace with the Palestinian people is the best path and is in the true interest of their future and the future of the people in the region,” he wrote.

In detail; Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner noted that; the agreement is the second Israel has reached with an Arab country in 30 days right after having made peace with only two Arab nations — Egypt and Jordan — in 72 years of its independence.

“This is very fast,” Kushner told The Associated Press. “The region is responding very favorably to the UAE deal and hopefully it’s a sign that even more will come.”

Netanyahu thanked Trump. “It took us 26 years between the second peace agreement with an Arab country and the third, but only 29 days between the third and the fourth, and there will be more,” he said, referring to the 1994 peace treaty with Jordan and the more recent agreements.