Trump hails ‘dawn of new Middle East’ with UAE-Bahrain-Israel deals

Trump hails 'dawn of new Middle East' with UAE-Bahrain-Israel deals
The three countries hailed the deals as historic, as did the US President, whose administration helped broker them. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Amid Israel’s landmark deals with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, US President Donald Trump has hailed the “dawn of a new Middle East”.

President Trump spoke as the two Gulf states signed agreements fully normalising their relations with Israel.

The three countries hailed the deals as historic, as did the US President, whose administration helped broker them.

The UAE and Bahrain are just the third and fourth Arab countries to recognise Israel since its founding in 1948.

President Donald Trump hopes other countries will follow suit, but the Palestinians have urged them not to while their conflict remains unresolved.

Most Arab states have boycotted Israel for decades, insisting they would only establish ties after Israel’s dispute with the Palestinian was settled.

On Tuesday, Trump told a crowd of hundreds gathered at the White House: “After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”

He said: “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history.”

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, welcomed the deals, saying, “This day is a pivot of history; it heralds a new dawn of peace.”

But Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said only an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East, AFP news agency reports.

He said in a statement after the signing of the deals: “Peace, security and stability will not be achieved in the region until the Israeli occupation ends.”

The Israeli army said that while the ceremony was under way, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Before the UAE and Bahrain, the only other Arab countries in the Middle East to recognise Israel officially were Jordan and Egypt, who signed peace treaties in 1978 and 1994 respectively.

Mauritania, a member of the Arab League in north-west Africa, established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1999 but severed ties in 2010.

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