The island kingdom of Bahrain reportedly will be the fourth Arab country to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel — and the second as part of a Trump administration peace initiative. Bahrain will follow the United Arab Emirates’ decision last month to recognize Israel’s statehood, Israeli public broadcasting journalist Amichai Stein wrote on Twitter.
H/T: New York Post
UPDATE: Trump announces the new Israel-Bahrain agreement from the Oval Office:
According to the text of the Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates:
President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region. All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement.
Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit. Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.
As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal.
Last week Jared met King Hamad al Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman, a beautiful foreshadowing of today’s historic peace deal between Israel & Bahrain, establishing FULL diplomatic relations. 🇺🇸 🇮🇱 🇧🇭— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 11, 2020
This is the 2nd agreement between Israel & an Arab nation in the past month. 🕊 pic.twitter.com/PrwjV50F3B
After UAE, now Bahrain normalizes relations with Israel. Saudi Arabia is just a formality. The Arab world is making a decisive break from the strongest ideological glue in the Islamic world: opposition to Israel. Good news for the region, the world & of course, India...— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) September 11, 2020
BREAKING: @realDonaldTrump announces a HISTORIC deal between Israel and Bahrain, establishing FULL diplomatic relations. This is the 2nd such agreement between Israel & an Arab nation in a MONTH.— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) September 11, 2020
In the past 24 hours— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) September 9, 2020
* The Arab League refused to condemn the Israel-UAE peace deal
* It was reported that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will allow all flights to/from Israel to fly through their airspace
* Abu Dhabi directed all hotels to start offering kosher food
Donald J Trump has now been nominated for a Second Nobel Peace Prize for his work to secure peace between Kosovo and Serbia— Jack Posobiec 🏢🏢 (@JackPosobiec) September 11, 2020
Trump has been nominated a second time for the Nobel Peace Prize— Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 11, 2020
Now they have announced a historic peace deal with Bahrain and Israelhttps://t.co/INBcz0z2se