Following on from the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to normalize relations, Bahrain too will sign a peace agreement with Israel and establish full diplomatic relations with it. Israel has reaffirmed its commitment to keep the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem open to prayer by Muslims from all over the world.
The crown prince of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, is due to attend the signing of the agreement between Israel and the UAE at the White House in Washington on Tuesday and to declare officially the establishment of relations with Israel.
US president Donald Trump announced the new development on Twitter and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an official statement.
"Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! 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 tweeted.
After the blow to the Palestinian Authority at the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Arab League and the refusal of most Arab countries to condemn the agreement between Israel and the UAE, comes final consent from Bahrain capital Manama to follow the UAE's example. Fifteen months ago, Bahrain hosted the conference at which the economic chapter of Trump's Deal of the Century, his administration's plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, was unveiled.
Meanwhile, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has announced that he had talked with French president Emmanuel Macron and that the two of them had agreed on joint efforts to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Published by Globes, Israel business news - en.globes.co.il - on September 13, 2020
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