President Trump on Tuesday heralded “the dawn of a new Middle East” as he hosted regional leaders for the signing of the “Abraham Accords” normalizing relations between Israel and two Arab countries.
The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the White House South Lawn to affirm their recent recognition of Israel’s statehood.
Bahrain and the UAE are the third and fourth Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The breakthrough also established direct commercial flights between Israel and the UAE.
“After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump said in a speech to an audience on the lawn.
“In Israel’s entire history there have previously been only two such agreements. Now we have achieved two in a single month. And there are more to follow,” Trump said.
“These agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the