Bahrain, Israel strike peace deal; Trump calls it ‘historic’

Bahrain, Israel strike peace deal; Trump calls it ‘historic’
New York: US President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel have agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations.

A joint statement said that Trump, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today where they struck the deal.

The deal comes days after a similar agreement between Israel and the UAE was announced in August.

Trump in a tweet said, “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!”

This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East, said the statement, adding: “Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region”.

The US expressed its gratitude to the Kingdom of Bahrain for hosting the historic Peace to Prosperity workshop in Manama on June 25, 2019, to advance the cause of peace, dignity, and economic opportunity for the Palestinian people.

The joint statement further said that the parties will continue their efforts in this regard to achieve a just, comprehensive, and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to enable the Palestinian people to realize their full potential.

Israel affirmed that as set forth in the Vision for Peace, all Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem's other holy sites will remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths.

King Hamad and Prime Minister Netanyahu express their deep appreciation to President Trump for his dedication to peace in the region, his focus on shared challenges, and the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to bringing their nations together.

The parties commend the United Arab Emirates and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for his leadership on August 13, 2020, in announcing full diplomatic relations with Israel.

Bahrain has also accepted President Trump's invitation to join Israel and the United Arab Emirates at the historic signing ceremony on September 15, 2020, at the White House where Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani of Bahrain will be signing a historic Declaration of Peace.