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Peace Deal Announced Between Israel and Bahrain, A Month After UAE-Israeli Deal; Trump Touts Progress With Middle East Peace

President Donald Trump, on Friday, announced a new peace deal between Persian Gulf Arab state Bahrain and Israel. The two states agree to establish normal diplomatic relations, direct flights and cooperative initiatives across multiple sectors.

The move follows the United Arab Emirates entering a similar deal last month, the first time in a quarter-century that an additional Arab state moved to recognize Israel.

Trump brokered both efforts, after, earlier this year, laying out a vision for a way forward in Middle East peace.

A White House briefing statement quoted Trump as saying "Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead." [Text of the briefing statement follows further below, after the partial news bibliography.]

Trump posted a joint statement on his twitter account:

Additional Resources:

President Donald J. Trump Has Brokered a Historic Deal Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain - White House

Bahrain to Forge Ties With Israel, Trump Says; The Gulf kingdom’s move advances a Middle East realignment, a month after U.A.E. and Israel agreed to diplomatic links - WSJ

Trump announces deal between Bahrain, Israel to normalize relations in push for Mideast peace; Deal comes after a similar agreement with United Arab Emirates just last month - Fox

Trump: Bahrain to Recognize Israel - VOA

Trump announces 'peace deal' between Bahrain and Israel - BBC

U.S. Brokers Peace Deal Between Israel And Bahrain - Forbes

Palestinians strongly condemn Israel-Bahrain deal, withdraw ambassador; Last month, the Palestinian leadership issued a similar response to the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. - Jerusalem Post

Erdan: Israel-Bahrain deal marks historic day for Israel, the Arab world; Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi welcomed on Friday Bahrain agreeing to establish full diplomatic relations. - Jerusalem Post

Israel, Bahrain to normalize diplomatic relations, Trump announces - The Hill

How the world reacted to Bahrain, Israel normalising ties; Nations and stakeholders in Israeli-Palestine conflict react to Bahrain and Israel normalising diplomatic relations. - Al Jazeera

Bahrain follows UAE to normalise ties with Israel; Palestine recalls Bahrain envoy, denounces latest deal as 'another treacherous stab to the Palestinian cause'. - Al Jazeera

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognise Israel following UAE - ABC Australia

Bahrain follows Emirates in normalising ties with Israel - France 24

White House Briefing Statement:

President Donald J. Trump Has Brokered a Historic Deal Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain
Issued on: September 11, 2020

"Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead.'- President Donald J. Trump

SECURING ANOTHER HISTORIC AGREEMENT: President Donald J. Trump has brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel – the second such agreement between Israel and an Arab nation in less than one month.

  • Israel and Bahrain have committed to begin the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, start direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors.
  • This peace deal is a significant step forward for both Israel and Bahrain.
    • It further enhances their security while creating opportunities for them to deepen their economic ties.
  • This deal comes on the heels of the historic normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
    • The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are the first Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel in more than 25 years.
  • The United States will continue to support the people of Bahrain as they work to counter terrorism and extremism, develop economically, and build new peaceful partnerships across the region.

CREATING THE CONDITIONS FOR PEACE: President Trump’s wise foreign policy strategy has created the conditions for peace between Israel and its neighbors.

  • When President Trump took office, the Middle East was in a state of extreme turmoil.
  • President Trump has worked to rebuild trust with our regional partners and identify their shared interests, moving them away from the conflicts of the past.
  • Thanks to the President’s bold foreign policy vision and his acumen as a dealmaker, nations across the region are realizing the benefits of his thoughtful approach.
  • As the President’s work continues, more Arab and Muslim countries will likely seek to normalize relations with Israel.
  • Each country that normalizes relations will build upon the other, bringing peace and prosperity to the region and the people who live there.

AN UNPRECEDENTED REGIONAL TRANSFORMATION: After decades of instability and crisis, nations across the Middle East and Africa are increasingly working together to build a more peaceful and prosperous future.

  • Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, the Arab world is experiencing the most rapid geopolitical transformation in more than a generation.
  • As more countries normalize relations with Israel, the region is becoming more stable, secure, and prosperous.
  • Expanded business and financial ties between economies will accelerate growth and economic opportunity across the region.
  • Agreements with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates also help to advance President Trump’s vision for finding a fair and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • The United States will continue to stand with the people of the region as they work to build a brighter, more hopeful future.

Key Words: Israel, Middle East, Trump, Bahrain, Arabs, United Arab Emirates

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