Trump announces Bahrain and Israel deal to normalise relations

By Helene Fung

US President Donald Trump tweeted that Bahrain agreed to normalise relations with Israel, after he spoke by phone to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He also tweeted a copy of the joint statement between the three leaders, which said:

“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East” that will “increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “excited” that another agreement had been reached with another Arab country, calling it “a new era of peace”.

For decades, most Arab states boycotted Israel and insisted that they wanted the Palestinian dispute settled before they would establish ties.

Mr Trump presented his Middle East peace plan to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict in January, and last month convinced the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to normalise its relationship with Israel.

Bahrain is the fourth Arab country in the Middle-East to recognise Israel since its founding in 1948. The others are the UAE, Egypt and Jordan.

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