Netanyahu joins Bahrain, UAE ministers at W.House for peace signing

Clay Curtis
September 16, 2020

"I followed with interest and appreciation the joint statement between the U.S., the United Arab Emirates and Israel to halt the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands and take steps to bring peace in the Middle East", he said on Twitter.

A rocket attack launched by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip wounded two people in Israel Tuesday as the Middle East's lone Jewish state signed an agreement to normalize relations with two of its Arab neighbors at the White House. "After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East".

"As for the UAE and Bahrain, their open betrayal of their Arab and Muslim brothers and their abject dismissal of one of the holiest places of the Muslim world has made it clearer than ever that these regimes do no represent their people and only play a reactionary, counter-revolutionary role in the region", he told MEE.

The thaw will also give Israel and its two new Arab partners a big economic opening, just when they are looking to rebuild after the worldwide slowdown triggered by the pandemic.

Moreover, said Romirowsky, the signing of the accords "should finally convince the Palestinians that notwithstanding their diplomatic temper tantrums, their strategy of insisting that all peace agreements between Israel and Arab countries be conditioned on a prior agreement between the PLO and Israel has failed". In a statement, it called for Friday to be considered "a day of mourning in which black flags are raised in all squares, buildings and homes".

"As for us in the United Arab Emirates, this accord will enable us to continue to stand by the Palestinian people and realize their hopes for an independent state within a stable and prosperous region". But the Arabs living alongside Israelis, the Palestinians, won't be there.

Apart from the UAE and Bahrain, other Gulf countries are believed to be considering thawing the ice with Israel, with some reports indicating that Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Sudan are set to normalise relations with Israel in the near future.

"This is a pivot of history", Netanyahu said as he took the podium following Trump.

On "NBC Nightly News", however, anchor Lester Holt began the segment alluding to Mitchell's reporting, saying that while the agreement will "normalize nations and bring them closer together", a "broader Middle East peace is still an elusive goal".

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said in remarks to the Atlantic Council that the Trump administration had essentially removed the Palestinian's "veto right" when it came to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It heralds a new dawn of peace".

Israel, 2 Gulf nations seal new accords at White House ceremony, angering Palestinians

Now, however, the UAE and Bahrain are presenting their pacts with Israel as a calculated move that was created to protect the Palestinians and save them from "Netanyahu's annexation plans". This is our peace plan now - Israeli peace with Gulf Arab states.

"I would have absolutely no problem", Mr Trump told the Fox News Channel's morning crew a few hours before the ceremony.

Until now, most Arab countries in the world followed a rule that you don't make peace with Israel until the Palestinians get their own state and they resolve their own conflict with Israel.

"I think they want to make a deal", he said.

The Trump administration is touting the deals between Israel, UAE and Bahrain as key foreign policy victories with just two months remaining before the USA presidential election on November 3.

All the four countries at the White House share a common hostility to Iran, which Mr Trump has put under crippling economic and diplomatic pressure.

Mr Trump said on Tuesday he was willing to sell the warplanes to the UAE despite Israeli opposition.

He told reporters he thought Palestine would eventually "understand that it is only by radically changing strategy that the legitimate aspirations for a viable Palestinian state can be realised". According to the AP, in addition to the rocket attacks Palestinians expressed their outrage in the West Bank and in Gaza by trampling on and setting fires to pictures of Trump, Netanyahu, and the leaders of the UAE and Bahrain.

"This is a backstab to the Palestinian people", said Zeina Hutchison, head of a coalition of pro-Palestinian associations behind the rally.

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