Trump announces Israel, Bahrain ‘peace deal’

Sunday, 13 Sep, 2020

Trump announced the news on Twitter, releasing a joint statement with Bahrain and Israel and calling the move "a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East". But we have tremendous enthusiasm for coming into the deal, he said. The also hosting separate talks with Qatar. Tehran's arch rival Saudi Arabia may also be close to a deal.

A joint statement issued by Israel, the UAE and the United States on August 13 said that Israel had agreed to suspend a plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

In a statement Trump tweeted about the Bahrain-Israel deal, he revealed Tuesday's signing ceremony would also be attended by Bahraini officials. They want to come in.

Morroccan Tawheed and Islah Movement described the agreement as a betrayal to Palestinians.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday that the historic peace agreements being reached in the Middle East are just an electoral distraction, earning her a rebuke from Fox News Channel's Bret Baier over minimizing progress in the region.

"That seems to be the Trump approach and I think it has had some successes", he added.

"The Bahrain-Israel announcement is not a peace deal".

The joint statement said Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani would join that ceremony and sign a "historic Declaration of Peace" with Mr Netanyahu. On Friday, a member of the Swedish Christian Democrat party, Magnus Jacobsson, nominated Trump and the governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel.

Tel Aviv/Manama, Sep 12 (IANS) Israel and Bahrain have agreed to a peace agreement, brokered by the USA, nearly a month after the former reached a historic deal to normalise relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Meanwhile, Egypt's president said he appreciates the "important step" of Israel and Bahrain establishing diplomatic relations.

Former lawmaker Jawad Fayrouz, said: "The largest and most horrific crime committed by the ruling authority in Bahrain in its history against the people, the homeland and the Arab and Islamic nations, and human values is normalisation with the Zionist entity". He said he was confident there was a momentum in the direction of broader recognition of Israel. The Times received a recording from the private event.

But Palestinians were dismayed, fearing the moves by the UAE and now Bahrain will weaken a long-standing pan-Arab position that calls for Israeli withdrawal from territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab countries.

Bahrain's announcement Friday followed a similar normalization agreement last month by the United Arab Emirates, a fellow USA ally. In doing so, Todman said, the Bahraini government appears confident that it will not face any serious domestic opposition to the move. Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, had already dropped a prohibition on Israeli flights using its airspace. Currently, Saudi Arabia is completely avoiding improving its relations with Israel.

Palestinian Ambassador Mohannad Aklouk told the Ma'an news agency that, after a three-hour discussion, the league chose not to include a clear censure of the UAE-Israel deal.

Ramallah, Sep 12 (SocialNews.XYZ) A senior Palestinian official on Saturday accused the United States of pressurising Arab countries into normalizing relations with Israel.

Safadi called on Israel to stop undermining a two-state solution with the Palestinians, and end its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.