Bahrain, following UAE, agrees to establish diplomatic relations with Israel

Source : 112 Ukraine

The joint statement indicates that the parties will continue their efforts to achieve a "just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"
17:39, 12 September 2020

Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a peace agreement
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The Kingdom of Bahrain followed the example of the United Arab Emirates and agreed to conclude a peace agreement with Israel. This was announced by US President Donald Trump in his microblog on Twitter.

"Another historic breakthrough today! Our two great friends, Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain, agree to a peace deal - the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!" Trump said.

As mentioned in a joint statement by the leaders of the three countries, Trump, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Salman al-Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks and agreed to establish diplomatic relations between their countries.

The document notes that the parties will continue their efforts to achieve "a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to allow the Palestinian people to realize their full potential."

Senior adviser to the King of Bahrain, Khalid al-Khalifa, said the normalization agreement "sends a positive and reassuring signal to the people of Israel that a just and comprehensive peace with the Palestinian people is the best path and true interest for the future of its people and the peoples of the region."

Netanyahu also welcomed the agreement in his address to the people of his country.

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"Citizens of Israel, I am pleased to inform you that tonight we will reach another peace agreement with another Arab country, Bahrain. This follows the historic peace agreement with the UAE. It took us 26 years to go from a second peace agreement with an Arab state to a third peace agreement, and it took us not 26 years, but 29 days to reach a peace agreement between a third Arab state and a fourth Arab state, and there will be even more, "Netanyahu said.

The American Axios, citing high-ranking sources in the UAE, Israel and the US presidential administration, reported that over the past two weeks, Washington has been putting pressure on Bahrain to follow the UAE to sign an agreement on reconciliation with Israel.

Kingdom Crown Prince Salman Al Khalifa will arrive in Washington DC next week to attend the signing ceremony.

However, the agreement represents another major blow to Palestinian leader President Mahmoud Abbas, who denounced the UAE-Israel deal as despicable and treacherous and tried in vain to get the Arab League to condemn it this week.

In addition, it became known that the Palestinian government recalled its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi concluded a peace agreement with Israel.

On August 13, through the mediation of Trump, Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize relations.

As part of the agreement, the Gulf State has agreed to normal relations with Israel, while Israel has pledged to suspend plans to annex the West Bank.

Israel and the UAE will sign a historic document on September 15 at Trump's residence.

The UAE will become the third Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel. Egypt did it in 1979, and Jordan in 1994.

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