Bahrain is ready to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in a historic step, marking the latest dramatic change in the Middle East alliance.
Confirming the news, US President Donald Trump tweeted: “Today is another historic breakthrough! Our two great friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain have agreed to a peace deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “new era of peace”, adding: “We have invested in peace for many years and now peace will invest in us.”
Mr Netanyahu said he envisioned “a very large investment in the Israeli economy” and thanked “our friend President Trump” for his “significant assistance”.
However, the Palestinian Authority said in a statement: “The Palestinian leadership strongly rejects and condemns the US-Bahraini-Israeli tripartite declaration … and considers it a betrayal … (Israeli) occupation of occupied Palestinian territory and their detention by military forces.” Emphasis.
“It works relentlessly to Judaize the city of Jerusalem, control Islamic and Christian holy places, and commit crimes against the Palestinians.”
Bahrain will follow its neighbor, the United Arab Emirates, which announced last month that it would normalize relations with the Jewish state and bring significant changes to the region.
The UAE has broken the treaty by the Donald Trump administration, and a signing ceremony will be held in Washington DC on Tuesday for Mr. Netanyahu and the emirate’s foreign minister to attend.
Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa is now expected to attend.
After Egypt and Jordan established diplomatic relations with Israel, no Arab country was ready to recognize it in 1999, 1979 and 1994, respectively.
The move by the United Arab Emirates and now Bahrain supports a long-running conference between Arab states that they will not establish relations with Israel unless there is an Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the formation of a Palestinian state.
Last month, just weeks after the announcement of their agreement, Israel and the UAE marked a new relationship with the agreement. The first commercial aircraft between the two countries.
Bahrain said last week that it would allow aircraft to use its airspace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates following a similar decision by Saudi Arabia.
The Trump administration is building historic historical emerging alliances as proof that the American president is capable of forging a new path in the Middle East. Developments must be confirmed as part of his re-election campaign.
The agreements were in part inspired by Iran, a common enemy of many countries.
The Trump administration is trying to persuade other Sunni Arab countries to follow Bahrain and the UAE.
The United States and Israel, along with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, have concerns about Iran and see it as a serious regional influence.
Saudi Arabia has indicated that it is not yet ready to enter into an agreement with Israel, citing the Palestinian issue.
The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, led by Saudi Arabia, made it clear that any normalization of relations between Arab countries and Israel was conditional on a compromise with the Palestinians.
The initiative states that normalization will only lead to the complete withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Palestinian territories and the formation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The initiative broke the agreement with Israel after the UAE agreed to suspend its plans to annex a large part of the occupied West Bank.
However, the Palestinian Authority said in a statement: “The Palestinian leadership strongly rejects and condemns the US-Bahraini-Israeli tripartite declaration … and considers it a betrayal … (Israeli) occupation of Palestinian land and burial by them. Military. Forces. “
While the new alliance will strengthen important new economic, trade and tourism ties between former enemies, it is still unclear how they can make further efforts to find peace between Israel and the Palestinians – the main contradiction in the Middle East peace process.