WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is presiding over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics.
Tuesday’s ceremony attracted hundreds to the South Lawn of the White House.
Trump hopes it will depict him as a peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign.
The agreements formalize the normalization of the Jewish state’s already warming relations with the two countries — and could pave the way for a broader Arab-Israeli rapprochement after decades of enmity.
Congressman Anthony Brindisi was in attendance of the signing.
In a news release, the congressman said:
“It was an honor to be invited by President Trump to the signing of the Abraham Accords and I commend the Administration for this diplomatic breakthrough. I am proud of the role that bipartisan support for the US-Israel relationship played in making this day possible. Israel is our strongest ally in the world and I hope that more countries will follow the lead of the UAE and Bahrain and normalize relations with Israel in the near future. I applaud Prime Minister Netanyahu, Crown Prince Bin Zayed, and King Hamad Al Khalifa’s willingness to seek peace and partner with the United States in this mission. This agreement is a positive step towards a more peaceful and stable Middle East. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to work with Democrats, Republicans, and this Administration to work towards peace.”
Republican candidate for New York’s 22nd district said the fallowing statement:
“As a steadfast supporter of Israel, I applaud the groundbreaking deal between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Israel. President Trump’s leadership helped to make this agreement possible. The deal between Israel and UAE and Bahrain is a historic step toward peace in the region and lasting security for Israel. In Congress, I fought to protect and defend America’s great ally Israel insisting the American embassy be moved to Jerusalem and to guarantee American security assistance. When I return, I will stand by Israel again. Last year, I had the privilege of traveling to Israel again. It gave me an even greater appreciation for the challenges of securing peace and prosperity for all parties. Today, the UAE and Bahrain join with Egypt and Jordan in recognizing Israel and its right to exist. The Abraham Accords are a historic step for Israel, the Arab states, and the entire world.”
By DEB RIECHMANN, MATTHEW LEE and JONATHAN LEMIRE