The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have become the latest Arab states to break a long-standing taboo when they signed agreements towards normalising relations with Israel in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran.
US President Donald Trump hosted a White House ceremony for the deals on Tuesday, capping a dramatic month in which the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s decades-old dispute with the Palestinians.
At the US-brokered event, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.
The deals make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalise ties since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
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