Israel Peace Deal: UAE & Bahrain to Sign Agreements at White House

Israel Peace Deal: UAE & Bahrain to Sign Agreements at White House 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are set to become the third and fourth Arab states after Egypt and Jordan to normalise ties with Israel on Tuesday at the White House. The historic agreement, in which both the Gulf countries will sign the Israel peace deal, is a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran.

The US-brokered peace deal was first agreed by the UAE last month and Bahrain followed the league. While both the Arab nations have agreed to reverse decades of ill will with Israel, a permanent solution for the Palestinian statehood has still not been achieved.

US President Donald Trump will host the Israel peace deal ceremony at the White House at noon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sign agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.

Previoulsy, Israel has signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. The recent agreements with the UAE and Bahrain have been widely denounced by the Palestinians, who feel betrayed by the deal.

However, the Israel peace deal has proved beneficial for Trump, who received a nomination for Nobel Peace Prize for the success of the Middle East peace plan. Moreover, the deal with Israel is major blow to Iran, which has been critical of the agreement since the beginning. The US has been concerned about Iran’s rising influence in the region and development of ballistic missiles. Despite multiple US sanctions, Iran has continued to expand its enriched uranium stockpile.

Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser and Trump’s son-in-law, said, “Instead of focusing on past conflicts, people are now focused on creating a vibrant future filled with endless possibilities.” Kushner has played a major role in negotiating agreements within the Middle East. He is still trying to persuade other Gulf nations to sign similar agreements with Israel.

The other two Gulf nations on Washington’s list for the peace agreement are Saudi Arabia and Oman, both of which have shown hesitation towards the Israel peace deal. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has clearly told Trump that a permanent solution is needed for the Palestinian issue before the kingdom normalises ties with Israel.

While Netanyahu has agreed to suspend the plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian authorities, who have accused Trump of pro-Israel bias, have condemned the US-brokered peace initiative as a stab in the back by their closest allies. The White House, ignoring the Palestinians’ refusal to take part in the ceremony, will continue with the ceremony without the Palestinian leadership hoping that they will see the deals with the UAE and Bahrain as incentives for future peace talks.

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