Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain Break New Ground With Peace Deals


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The new Middle East peace deal comes after decades of tensions between Israel and Arab nations.

By Hannah Ashtari, Assistant Community and World News Editor

In a historic step to attempt to bring a new age of peace to the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have signed the Abraham Accord, which aims to establish full diplomatic relations between the countries, as well as build trade ties. Most importantly, Israel will suspend its plan to formally annex parts of West Bank territory, the area of land that has been under heavy dispute with Palestine. 

“Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations,” President Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed said in a joint statement.

The deal also aims to establish ties of investment, tourism, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, and the environment between the two countries. A major step in the process of normalizing relations through the peace deal has already occurred, in the form of the first official flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates, which took place on Sept. 6th. The flight carried a delegation of Israeli and US officials, including Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, who spoke to the media in the UAE after the flight landed. 

“What happened here was three great leaders came together and they started writing a new script for the Middle East. They said the future doesn’t have to be predetermined by the past,” Mr. Kushner said. 

Mr. Trump has been praised for the deal by politicians in both parties, including Senator Marsha Blackburn (R), Senator Chuck Fleischmann (R), and even his rival in the 2020 Presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden (D). However, Mr. Biden also added that the deal had been built on the foundations of work from previous administrations.

“I personally spent time with leaders of both Israel and the UAE during our administration building the case for cooperation and broader engagement and the benefits it could deliver to both nations, and I am gratified by today’s announcement,” Mr. Biden said. 

Foreign politicians praised Mr. Trump as well. Norwegian far-right Progress Party member Christian Tybring-Gjedde, as well as Swedish Parliament member Magnus Jacobsson both lauded Mr. Trump for his “work for peace and economic development.” The two European politicians nominated Mr. Trump for consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. 

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees… the committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News. 

On Friday, Sept. 11, Trump also took the diplomatic progress a step further, announcing that he had brokered a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain. The agreement aims to bring the “full establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.” The details of the deal include the ability for people of all faiths to visit Jerusalem’s Holy Sites, including the AL Aqsa Mosque, which was previously closed to non- Muslims. 

“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today!” Mr. Trump said in a tweet following the announcement.  “The second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!”

The White House issued a statement after the announcement, detailing the plans for the future of the region under the new deal. The White House also committed to continue to support the people of the Middle East “as they work to build a brighter, more hopeful future,” after praising Mr. Trump for his “thoughtful approach” in brokering the deal. 

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