“Pivot of history”: Trump facilitates historic peace accords with Israel and 2 Middle East states

by Peter Heck · Sep 16th, 2020 8:11 am

Last Updated Sep 17th, 2020 at 9:17 am

At a ceremony that he declared would "change the course of history," President Trump presided over the signing of two Middle East diplomatic accords involving the nation of Israel.

Both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain officially normalized their relations with the Jewish state, which means opening the countries for trade, the exchange of ambassadors, and tourism.

"Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity," Trump said, adding that it was "the dawn of a new Middle East."

The agreements were officially labeled the "Abraham Accords" and involved individual agreements as well as a trilateral declaration of peace between the three nations, with Trump signing each as a witness.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "pivot of history."

"It heralds a new dawn of peace," Netanyahu said. "For thousands of years the Jewish people have prayed for peace, for decades the Jewish state has prayed for peace, and this is why today we are filled with such profound gratitude."

The United Arab Emirates foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan acknowledged the "change in the heart of the Middle East" that was occurring, while Bahrain's envoy gave special credit to Trump.

"Mr. President, your statesmanship and tireless efforts have brought us here today and made peace a reality," Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani said.

Trump hinted that there were "five or six" other countries that his administration had gotten "far down the road" towards fostering their own deals with Israel.


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