Trump Administration Announces Historic Israel-Bahrain Peace Agreement, Second One in 30 Days

On Friday, the Trump Administration announced another historic peace agreement, this time between Israel and Bahrain.

In a joint statement between Israel, Bahrain and the United States, the three countries celebrated the “establishment of full diplomatic relations” between Israel and Bahrain.

“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region,” the statement read.

“There’s no more powerful response to the hatred that spawned 9/11 than the agreement,” President Trump said in his remarks from the Oval Office regarding the deal. “They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors.”

“There had been two peace agreements with Israel in the last 72 years. This is now the second peace agreement that we’ve announced in the last month, and I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow,” the president added.

This breakthrough marks the third time this year Israel has reached a historic agreement with a foreign country.

Facilitated by the Trump Administration, Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to a “full normalization of relations” in August, and last week Kosovo recognized the state of Israel and Serbia agreed to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

It seems fitting that the peace agreement comes on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. “It’s so interesting that it’s on 9/11. It’s such a great time. We didn’t know this was going to happen in terms of the timing, but it did happen and we’re very honored by it,” the president noted in his remarks from the Oval Office.

The joint statement also said that President Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani of Bahrain at the White House on September 15 to sign a “historic Declaration of Peace” along with the United Arab Emirates.

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