The two men never seemed closer than Tuesday. In a meeting with Mr. Netanyahu in the Oval Office ahead of, Mr. Trump presented him with a large gold key, embedded in a wooden box that he called “the key to the White House, a key to our country.” The normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain is a real achievement for the Israelis. Taking advantage of the day`s historical momentum to go beyond U.S. hesitations and Israeli objections to the sale of F-35 fighter jets to the UAE, Mr. Trump said earlier in the day that he had “no problem” with the sale. Mr. Netanyahu strongly opposed the negotiations with what he called “the murderous Iranian regime.” Maloney said her host`s comments “are probably not what Bibi negotiated.” The “Friends of America” alliance against Iran should work better if the Gulf Arabs can be open and not mysterious about their relations with Israel. The leaders of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates placed the interests of their own people ahead of those of Palestinians interested in many Gulf Arabs for their support of Saddam Hussein`s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Many Gulf Arabs also criticize Hamas and other Palestinian Islamist extremists for their close cooperation with Iran, their arch-enemy. Observers have described the Washington ceremony as a major step forward after a long history of hostility between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
They indicated that the optimistic atmosphere at the ceremony would likely pave the way for similar agreements with other Arab countries. WASHINGTON – The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel have signed historic peace agreements in the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump in the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump. It is a diplomatic achievement for President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has largely negotiated the agreements with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. A U.S. delegation, led by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Peace Representative Avi Berkowitz, will participate in the talks in Bahrain. The Israeli delegation will be led by National Security Council Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and State Department Director General Alon Ushpiz.