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Title: Trump declares 'dawn of a new Middle East' as he presides over signing of histor
Post by: Ptarmigan on September 15, 2020, 10:23:25 PM
Trump declares 'dawn of a new Middle East' as he presides over signing of historic deals

President Trump on Tuesday declared the "dawn of a new Middle East” as he presided over the signing of two historic Middle East diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf nations.

“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East," he said at the ceremony in the South Lawn of the White House.

"Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity," he said.

The deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Bahrain, involve the exchanging of ambassadors, establishment of embassies and co-operation on a range of fronts -- including trade, security and tourism. The agreements, known as the "Abraham Accords" also allow Muslims to visit Islamic holy sites in Israel. Trump said the deals would form "the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region."

Historic peace deal with Israel and Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning that other countries "want to come in" and that he believes the Palestinians will eventually come in too.

"You’re going to have peace in the Middle East," Trump said, adding that countries including Iran were "actually getting to a point where they're going to want to make a deal. They won't say that outwardly. They want to make a deal."

Democrats have given some support to the agreements, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying in a statement that it marked “an important day” but said that “questions remain” including about a commitment for the UAE to purchase F-35 jets -- which has led to fears it could blunt Israel’s military superiority in the region.
Title: Re: Trump declares 'dawn of a new Middle East' as he presides over signing of histor
Post by: Ptarmigan on September 25, 2020, 10:42:53 PM
King of Bahrain at U.N.: Israel Peace Deals ‘Send a Civilized Message’ to the World

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain celebrated the normalization of diplomatic relations between his kingdom and Israel — as well as applauding the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for making a similar move shortly before Bahrain did — during remarks Thursday to the U.N. General Assembly.

Bahrain and the UAE joined Jordan and Egypt as the world’s only Arab states to recognize Israel as a sovereign state. President Donald Trump, whose administration helped broker the deals, has promised similar agreements to come in the near future between Israel and others in its geographical neighborhood.

King Hamad used the opportunity of his virtual address to the United Nations to call Abu Dhabi “courageous” for taking the first step in decades of any Arab state in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel, but also insisted that Bahrain had moved similarly while “preserving its firm position on the Palestinian issue.” The king urged the U.N. to support the establishment of a sovereign Palestine and claimed that the peace deal with Israel benefitted Palestinians by limiting Israeli “annexation.”

It is a historic event.

Bahrain, UAE, and Israel signed their normalization agreements, dubbed the Abraham Accords, at the White House last week.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and reportedly major figure in making the agreements happen, recently revealed that, while visiting Bahrain this month, he delivered a Torah scroll to the Sunni Muslim king, for use in a Bahraini synagogue.

Bahrain’s royal family is Sunni Muslim, though the nation is majority Shiite, which has sparked some tension between the general population and the island nation’s leadership. Despite being a majority-Muslim Arab state, and unlike neighbors like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain is home to a small, legal Jewish community.