Historic peace agreement between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel
On Tuesday evening, the White House hosted the signing ceremony of the historic peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Signing of the historic peace agreement
The UAE signs a historic peace agreement with Israel at the White House
Prior to that, the US President, Donald Trump, received the delegations participating in the signing of the peace agreement.
Trump received the Bahraini Foreign Minister, Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, and the Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah bin Zayed.
The White House garden in Washington witnessed new peace agreements between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel after it witnessed the signing of three peace treaties between Arab countries and Israel in the past four decades.
UAE, Bahrain and Israel historic peace agreements signing ceremony
The US President, Donald Trump, hosted a ceremony to sign the two historic peace agreements, in the presence of senior US government officials and the delegations of the UAE, Bahrain and Israel.
The foreign ministers of the two countries, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, signed on the Emirati and Bahraini sides, and on the Israeli side, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
An atmosphere of optimism to historic peace agreements
In the context of the reactions, US Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter: “It is a truly historic day at the White House. The peace accords represent a great step towards peace, thanks to the bold and decisive leadership of President Trump and the vision of the leaders of Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.”
US Senator Lindsey Graham posted a video clip on his Twitter account, in which he said: “What a great day for peace. The peace accords put the Middle East on a new path, and I believe that other countries will follow the example of the UAE and Bahrain. I think you will see the gains of standing against Iran.”
Senator Mitt Romney stressed that “establishing new partnerships is a necessity to counter Iran’s malign activities.” He added, “Establishing new partnerships is in the interest of US national security.”
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted: “This is a historic day for peace in the Middle East. The winds of change are blowing toward progress and peace thanks to America and the Trump administration.”
The American ambassador to Israel told Al-Arabiya that “the Palestinians must move beyond the rhetoric of the past,” stressing that “peace is a common denominator and a win for all.”
For his part, Hazza bin Zayed, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, declared that “the dialogue gives the Palestinian people their independent state,” explaining that “the peace agreement opens a new page in the region.”
Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the United Arab Emirates stressed that “the peace treaty is a step that charts a new and lasting peace.”
The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash indicated that “the UAE has succeeded in stopping the annexation of 30% of the West Bank lands,” adding that “the agreement will provide us with an opportunity to support greater support for the Palestinian cause.”
The positive impacts of the historic peace agreements
Under the two agreements, the UAE and Bahrain will establish diplomatic, commercial and economic relations with Israel, which has not fought a war against them before, and the two agreements will strengthen an informal alliance against Iranian threats and Turkish ambitions, and pave the way for the UAE to obtain advanced US arms deals.
By signing the two agreements, the UAE and Bahrain become the third and fourth Arab countries to decide to establish diplomatic relations with Israel after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) on the basis of the principle of “peace for peace.” The leaks continue about the White House discussions with several other Arab countries, including the Sultanate of Oman, Morocco and Sudan, to join and sign peace agreements with Israel.
UAE and Bahraini-Israeli peace agreements
The UAE and Bahraini-Israeli peace agreements are historic, but they are not the first. There are three peace treaties between Arab states and Israel that were signed after US mediation over the past decades.
Under President Jimmy Carter, the beginning was with the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and which followed the Camp David Accords that resulted from 12-day negotiations in the presidential resort.
Fifteen years after the Egyptian-Israeli agreement, the White House table was on a new date with a peace agreement under the name of the Oslo Accord, which was concluded between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel, which was signed by President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and whose signature was overseen by US President Bill Clinton.