Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2020. Trump announced a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Getty Images)
Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his administration to improve Israel’s standing in the Middle East and the world.
Trump announced the agreement on Friday, following a three-way phone call he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The three leaders also issued a brief joint statement, attesting to the deal.
The announcement comes less than a week before Trump hosts a White House ceremony to mark the establishment of full relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Bahrain’s foreign minister will