President Donald Trump the POTUS, has announced that Israel and the Gulf state of Bahrain have reached a landmark deal to fully normalise their relations moving forward, weeks after announcing a peace deal between Israel and the UAE.
For decades, most Arab states have boycotted Israel, insisting they would only establish ties after the Palestinian land dispute and city of Jerusalem issue was resolved.
But surprisingly, last month the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to normalise its relationship with Israel, after Trump intervened and now Bahrain has followed suit.
Trump tweeted on Friday night.
“Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal, The second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days.”
Trump with help from his son-in law and adviser, Jared Kushner presented his Middle East peace plan in January aimed at resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday.
“I am excited that another peace agreement had been reached with another Arab country.”
This is a new era of peace. Peace for peace. Economy for economy. We have invested in peace for many years and now peace will invest in us, another historic breakthrough today!”
Bahrain is only the fourth Arab country in the Middle East to recognise Israel since its founding in 1948. The others are Egypt and Jordan.
Trump is due to host a ceremony in Washington next Tuesday for the official signing of the agreement.
Prior to the announcement of the UAE agreement in August, Israel had had no diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab countries.
Last month, the first official flight from Israel to the UAE occurred.
Bahrain also announced last week that it would allow flights between Israel and the UAE to use its airspace.