Bahrain establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, Trump announces

Categories: US-Israel Relationship

09/11/2020

Bahrain is establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, US President Donald Trump announced Friday, making it the second Gulf country to do so in less than a month.

A joint statement released by the White House said Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Salman al-Khalifa spoke earlier in the day with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “and agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

“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.

Netanyahu hailed the agreement as part of a “new era of peace” and predicted more accords would follow.

Trump, too, said he was “very hopeful” that more Arab and Muslim countries would follow suit in normalizing relations with Israel, and that “ultimately… most countries” will do so.

Read More: Times of Israel