President Trump announces Bahrain joining UAE in normalizing ties with Israel
Today, the White House announced that Bahrain is joining the United Arab Emirates in normalizing ties with Israel.
In a phone call between President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Israeli and Bahraini leaders agreed to establish full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Over the last two weeks, the White House has been pressing Bahrain to follow the UAE, which announced last month that it would open full diplomatic relations with Israel.
The deal is a win for the Trump administration and the American people as well as Israel. Steadily improved relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran is driving the initiative. Saudi Arabia is a tougher nut to crack because of the Wahabbists, but they are leaning in the same direction.
The Obama-Biden years oversaw chaos in the Middle East and the Trump (first term) saw a stark reversal of that trend.
Israeli PM Netanyahu thanked President Trump, saying in a statement that “it took Israel 26 years to reach peace with a third Arab country – the United Arab Emirates. Now it took 29 days to reach peace with a forth Arab country – Bahrain.” The Israeli prime minister added that more normalization agreements with other Arab countries will follow.
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