Historic Abraham Accord signed at White House between UAE, Bahrain and Israel: Beginning of a new era for Middle East region
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel have entered history officially by signing the Abraham Accord at White House on September 15, 2020. This agreement has stamped formalizing relations between Israel and the Arab nations, thereby ending decades long Arab diplomacy outlook of the nations in region not recognizing Israel.
The power and priorities are changing gears in the Middle East. Deal was signed in White House after brokered by President Donald Trump’s administration. Bahrain too followed joined the deal to become a trio of peace deal just couple of days before the signing, signaling many more Arab countries may be following the suit. Addressing the public gathered outside White House, President Trump said, “Today’s signing sets history on a new course. This is an incredible day for the world.”
Israel has been long perished from the region and not recognized by the Arab countries due to its position of the Palestinian territories. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans of annexing the Jewish occupied Palestinian territories has affirmed Israel as a regional “pariah”. Now under the peace agreement UAE and Bahrain have formally recognized the country. Israel in return has dropped the annexation plans. Eyeing Iran as the common enemy, this might prove to be a smart thing to have done eventually.
Israeli prime minister Netanyahu reached Washington on Tuesday ahead of the signing ceremony. Trump hinted that at least “five or six” countries were close to making a deal with Israel. He said, “I think Israel is not isolated anymore.” Netanyahu and Trump were joined by foreign minister of the UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and foreign minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani at White House for the historic signing of normalization agreements between the two Arab nations and Israel.
“Together these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region, something which nobody thought was possible, certainly not in this day and age. These agreements prove that the nations of the region are breaking free from failed approaches of the past. Today’s signing sets history on a new course and there will be other countries very soon that will follow these great leaders,” President Trump said at the signing ceremony.Netanyahu lauded the deal and affirmed it saying “This day is a pivot of history; it heralds a new dawn of peace.”
The Abraham Accord will establish free and open business between the nations, direct flights and diplomatic relations. However, since the countries in reference have never been at war, its not really a ‘peace deal’. The details of agreement lack any mention of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The agreement commits the related parties to “continuing the efforts to achieve a just, comprehensive, and enduring resolution.” The specific details of the accord haven’t been publicized yet. But embassies establishment is a part of the agreement as well.
The ceremony took place on White House’s South Lawn. This is interestingly the same spot where former US President Bill Clinton shook hands with the then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat in 1993.