The declaration included the intention to sign a comprehensive peace agreement that will lead to cooperation agreements in the fields of aviation, trade, energy, health and science. UAE representatives have begun approval and ratification of the agreement signed on 15 September in Washington by both sides, but it is not known when it will be concluded. WASHINGTON – President Trump on Tuesday presided over the signing of a Middle East peace agreement between Israel and two Gulf countries, calling it the basis for a broader focus against Iran that would radically alter the geopolitical dynamics of the region. “Thank you for choosing peace and for ending the annexation of the Palestinian territories,” the UAE foreign minister told Netanyahu. “I am here today to reach out to a hand of peace.” But Dennis B. Ross, a former Middle East peace negotiator who helped mediate the 1993 agreement, said the two events were “very different.” He said the agreements signed on Tuesday were “important” because they show that “the Palestinians cannot freeze the region and prevent open cooperation with Israel.” The signing of the peace agreement was also a rare moment of consensus between the parties in Washington. “It is good to see that others in the Middle East recognize Israel and even welcome it as partners,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in a statement released Wednesday night. “A Biden-Harris administration will build on these measures, challenge other nations, keep pace, and strive to tap into these growing ties to a two-state solution and a more stable and peaceful region.” He also promised that the Palestinians would participate in peace efforts in due course. He also said that Iran, with its economy, was in ruins and that he too wanted an agreement. But “I said, “Wait until after the election,” Trump said. Among those present was Trump`s son-in-law and chief adviser, Jared Kushner, who has made middle East peace a central priority in his work in the White House and helped mediate the agreements. Bahrain`s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani said commitment and cooperation were “the most effective, lasting way to achieve a real and lasting peace that protects the rights of the peoples of the Middle East.” Many technical details remain in the air and the volatility of the region is not a source of comfort.
But despite the reservations and outstanding issues, the Emirati and Bahrain agreements with Israel remain quite revolutionary. They launched decades of stifling status quo and sterile political orthodoxies that failed to advance the cause of real and positive peace – not just the absence of conflict – for war-weary residents in the region. The agreements change society and show how regional geopolitics has changed dramatically. Over time, Israel`s embrace in the Gulf might even encourage Egypt, which welcomed the agreement, and Jordan, which has done so more timidly, to move towards a warmer peace with the Israelis. The agreements should be praised for having really changed the game, laying the foundations for a true Arab-Israeli friendship and signify the long-awaited recognition of humanity of the other. “It`s not a resolution of conflict and it`s not peace – it`s a business conclusion,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel interest group that criticizes Netanyahu. “It is very, very clear that there are interests between Israel and these countries – military, security, diplomatic, economic – and these interests have existed for two decades.” The agreement between Bahrain and Israel officially the Abraham Accords: Declaration of Peace, Cooperation, Constructive Diplomacy and Friendly Relations is an agreement to normalize diplomatic and other relations between Bahrain and Israel.