Israel on Tuesday signed historic normalization agreements in Washington with two Arab states, namely the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Negotiated and concluded under the auspices of the United States, these agreements for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries are the first of their kind between Israel and those Sunni countries which had hitherto been divided on the Palestinian question.
” After decades of division and conflict, we are witnessing the dawn of a new Middle East“, Declared US President Donald Trump during a ceremony in the gardens of the White House which welcomed the effective signing of the agreements.
For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, considered that it was a “turning point in history” saying that these agreements could “end the Israeli-Arab conflict once and for all”.
However, he did not mention how these agreements could benefit Palestine, which vehemently denounced them.
Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyane for his part thanked Benjamin Netanyahu ” for having chosen peace and for having stopped the annexation of Palestinian territories ” and greeted ” a change in the heart of the Middle East“.
But Benjamin Netanyahu said shortly after the announcement of an upcoming normalization between the two countries that he was only “postponing” his annexation project.
Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdel Latif al-Zayani mentioned the Palestinian cause in his speech calling for a two-state solution.
Donald Trump, whose country supervised and supported negotiations between the Arab states and Israel, said that “five or six additional Arab countries” would follow “very soon” to normalize their relations with Israel.