DAWN OF A NEW MIDDLE EAST: Historic “Abraham Accords” Signed At White House [VIDEOS & PHOTOS]

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President Trump on Tuesday declared the “dawn of a new Middle East” as he presided over the signing of two historic Middle East diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf nations.

“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” he said at the ceremony in the South Lawn of the White House.

“Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity,” he said.

The deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Bahrain, involve the exchanging of ambassadors, establishment of embassies and co-operation on a range of fronts — including trade, security and tourism. The agreements, known as the “Abraham Accords” also allow Muslims to visit Islamic holy sites in Israel. Trump said the deals would form “the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.”

Earlier in the Oval Office, Trump said “we’re very far down the road with about five additional countries.” He declined to name the countries he is speaking with and later said it could be “five or six” other countries.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of both the UAE and Bahrain were present to sign the deals at the ceremony. Trump signed onto each one as a witness. The leaders also signed a separate trilateral declaration of peace.

“This day is a pivot of history, it heralds a new dawn of peace,” Netanyahu said. “For thousands of years the Jewish people have prayed for peace, for decades the Jewish state has prayed for peace, and this is why today we are filled with such profound gratitude.”

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s foreign minister, said “we are already witnessing a change in the heart of the Middle East, a change that will send hope around the world.”

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s foreign minister praised Trump’s role in securing the deal.

Mr. President, your statesmanship and tireless efforts have brought us here today and made peace a reality,” Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani said.

While critics have noted that such deals ignore Palestinians and the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it is hoped that the deals would be the start of warmer Arab-Israeli relations.

EARLIER REPORTS ARE BELOW:

President Trump will preside over the signing of two historic deals between Israel and two Gulf nations at the White House on Tuesday – a ceremony that will burnish Trump’s foreign policy credentials as he seeks reelection.

About 1,000 guests were invited to attend the ceremony at the White House South Lawn on Tuesday at noon for the historic signing of the peace accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏ has a meeting with US President Donald Trump prior to the ceremony at 11 a.m, followed by a four-way meeting between Trump, Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, who are signing the accords for their countries.

Israeli media reports said that the agreement between Israel and the UAE is a “peace treaty,” a comprehensive agreement with international legal status that must be ratified by the Israeli cabinet and Knesset before it is final. The agreement with Bahrain is a “declaration of peace” which has no official legal standing but is rather a joint statement of the two countries’ commitment to peace.

The ceremony will begin with the official signing of the accords, followed by speeches and the playing of the countries’ national anthems and will be concluded with a dinner. The wearing of masks at the outdoor event will be encouraged but will not be mandatory.

US President Donald Trump will sign the accords as an observer, according to a statement by a senior White House official on Monday. The text of the peace deals will only be revealed to the public after the signing.

Among the guests will be former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, philanthropist and Trump supporter Sheldon Adelson, president of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, former British prime minister Tony Blair and conservative journalist and political commentator Caroline Glick.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó will be the only European Union diplomatic representative to attend the signing. Democratic leaders have been invited to the ceremony and a “nice amount” is reportedly expected to show up.

A visibly excited Netanyahu holding copies of the peace accords posted a video on Monday night to the Israeli public: “I’m holding the copies of the historic peace accords with the UAE and Bahrain in my hand,” he said. “We worked on this for many many years. This moment is arriving tomorrow.”

“This is a tremendous turning point in Israeli history as well as the history of the Middle East. It will have a significant and positive effect on all Israelis. I also promise you, from what I see here, that more countries are on the way.”

Netanyahu concluded the video by reassuring Israelis that he hasn’t forgotten the difficult times they are enduring and he is continuing the battle against the coronavirus.

On a lighter note, below is a video of the Pirchei Yerushalayim choir singing a “song of peace” in Hebrew and Arabic in honor of the peace agreements.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




14 COMMENTS

  1. The Gulf countries only involvement with the Arab-Israeli Conflict was to send money to the Palestinians.
    None of their governments is democratic, and if they were, it is likely they wouldn’t be signing any agreement.
    Consider if Iran worked out an agreement with the leadership of the American Jewish Committee and declared peace? Until the Zionists and the Palestinians agree to peace, there is no peace.

  2. The Danger of the Erev Rav:
    The definition of Yiddishkeit is what Hashem says. The value of Rabbanim is that they have the authority to explain the Torah. Their own opinions are not Torah; they’re psychology and philosophy. Anyone who knowingly tells people something in the name of the Torah when it’s not written there, is the ultimate evil, and they are the ones causing all the pain, conflict, bloodshed and suicide in the world. The answer to our suffering is written in the Torah very clearly. But we’re not hearing about it. Although many Rabbanim are sincere, there are those who create a false image of sincerity. May Hashem strike them down quickly.

  3. This deal is in order to stop Israel from annexing Yehuda and Shomron. Trump, like the democrats, wants a two-state “solution” but is more sinister than the democrats and doesn’t want to say it outright. He is getting arab countries to make “peace” with Israel so they can pressure Israel to approve of a Palestinian state, r”l.

  4. Akuperma , the American Jewish Committee is not a government. You appear to know as much as the experts who predicted disaster if we moved the embassy or that peace with Arab countries was impossible without peace with the Palestinians

  5. Moishe: Do you believe your own bubba meisas….This story from back in 2010 was debunked the very next morning but I guess still exists in the dark corners of your mind. As EY’s Ambassador to the U.S. Mike Oren explained to the Israeli media back then, one of his great frustrations of his job was needing to consistently knock down the obviously false“snub” story of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s March 23, 2010 visit to the White House. As the Ambassador noted (as quoted by JTA):

    o There were never any photos taken such a non-state visit;

    o Netanyahu and his aides came in through the “front” door to the WH (aka North Portico), not the back door (South Portico). In reality, both are used for official vists, although the South Portico tends to be used more frequently for formal state visits since there is a lot more room for the Army band and invited guests to assemble. The North Portico is used much more frequently for visits by foreign VIPs since it is literally right across the stree from Blair house where many guests stay or the Northwest D.C. hotels and embassies.

    o It was a last-minute meeting not on Netanyahu’s official calendar since Obama had a long-standing committment to be out of the country that had to be cancelled for reasons totally unrelated to EY.

    The Trumpkopf also tells a similar bubba meisa about how China required Obama to deplane from Air Force One when visiting Beijing using a freight ladder in the back of the plane.

  6. > Gadolhadorah

    The story with Obama and China and the ladder is, constructively, correct. China refused to allow the President to use the standard US deplaning protocol and equipment, insisting on Chinese equipment only. The main problem with that was even though the US agreed, the personnel assigned by China to the task spoke no English – and the Chinese refused (when asked) to assign someone who spoke English – and that made it impossible to function (especially when considering the security requirements, but even without that the simple physical danger of a mistake). By the time the Chinese “agreed” to let the US use its own equipment, it was simply too late and that forced Obama to deplane using a smaller exit with a self-contained pop-up to descend. And the Chinese roped off the US media so they could record anything, and also hassled the national security adviser, Susan E. Rice.

    So “constructively”, the story is accurate.

  7. 1.) 100% of the comments seem stupid. The deal is to financially benefit Gulf Arab states which are Sunni-led. The Persian Gulf has Persia/Iran on the other side. The Gulf Arab states can now buy weapons from Israel to use them as a defense against the Shia-led Islamist Iran. Iran funds Hezbollah and has ties to the Republic of Syria and influenced the Shia parties in Iraq. Hezbollah became stronger because of Iran, and the Jewish people and Non-Shia Muslims are affected by Hezbollah. Therefor, it is necessary that certain Sunni-led Arab states make peace with Israel.

    2.) Dubai is also a multi-cultural city. They have White people and Asian workers. The fact that they want people, who have an Israeli stamp on their passport, to be able to fly to the UAE makes sense. Some countries have opposes Israel enough that an American or British citizen (with Israeli stamp on their non-Israeli passport) would have difficulties with getting into the UAE. Now, they can do that. Right now, many American citizens who regularly read this site have probably been to Israel and can now go to Dubai. That is a major accomplishment which will have an impact on the Gulf Arab state.