The Strategist

UAE and Bahrain to sign agreements to normalize relations with Israel

09/15/2020 - 04:10

The ceremony will be held in Washington on Tuesday. During the event, the UAE and Bahrain will sign an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel.

According to the Israeli Times of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for the ceremony.

It is expected that the UAE and Bahrain will be represented at the ceremony by the foreign ministers of these countries. According to Arab media, US President Donald Trump will take part in the signing ceremony.

The Times of Israel report that in accordance with Israeli law, the signing of agreements on the normalization of relations is only the first step - then the approval of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) must follow.

As the newspaper notes, it is expected that the majority of the Knesset members will support the conclusion of peace treaties.

The normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel became known on August 13. “Today we have achieved tremendous success. This is a historic peace agreement between our great friends - Israel and the UAE,” Donald Trump tweeted.

“Historic diplomatic success will help advance peace in the Middle East region,” the leaders of the United States, Israel and the UAE said in a joint statement.

Bahrain followed the UAE's lead on 11 September. “Today is another historic day. Our two great friends, Israel and Bahrain, agreed to a peace treaty. This is the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in the past 30 days,” Trump tweeted then.

“US President Donald Trump, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a conversation today and agreed to establish diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain in full,” - the United States, Bahrain and Israel said.