US President Donald Trump announced that Israel and the Gulf state of Bahrain have signed a deal to fully normalize their relations.
“The second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days,” he tweeted.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared his thoughts that he was “excited” that “another peace agreement” had been reached with another Arab country on Friday.
“This is a new era of peace. Peace for peace. Economy for the economy. We have invested in peace for many years and now peace will invest in us,” he said.
“Another historic breakthrough today!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, adding: “Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal.”
Netanyahu also shared on Twitter a copy of a joint statement made between the three leaders – Mr. Trump, Mr. Netanyahu, and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa.
“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East” that will “increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region”, the statement reads.
The UAE has welcomed the agreement. The ministry of foreign affairs said it was “another significant and historic achievement which will contribute enormously to the stability and prosperity of the region”.
However, Palestinian officials angrily reacted to the move. The Palestinian foreign ministry recalled its ambassador to Bahrain for consultation and a statement from the Palestinian leadership spoke of the “great harm it causes to the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people and joint Arab action”.
Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls Gaza, said the move “represents grave harm to the Palestinian cause”.
Most Arab states have boycotted Israel, as they focused that they would only normalize relations after the Palestinian conflict was settled.