Over the past few weeks, Washington has managed to mediate two peace agreements normalising relations between Israel and two Gulf countries, the UAE and Bahrain. In exchange for establishing diplomatic ties, Tel Aviv has vowed to suspend its efforts to extend sovereignty over parts of the West Bank.
Bahrain, Israel, the UAE, and the US have signed the Abraham Peace Accords at the White House, marking a historic shift in the Middle East as the first two Persian Gulf countries to establish official diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv after decades of hostility, non-recognition, and reported behind-the-scenes relations.
The ceremony was attended by US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain – Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, respectively. The UAE’s representative thanked Netanyahu for agreeing to the terms of the peace accord and expressed confidence that the historic deal will improve life in the region.
Under the accord, reached between Israel and the UAE with the mediation of the US on 13 August, the two countries will establish official diplomatic ties and start working together in a number of spheres, ranging from economy and tourism to security and military cooperation. In return, Tel Aviv has promised to put on hold its plans for extending sovereignty over parts of the West Bank marked in Trump’s…