With Signing, White House Touts Efforts To Reshape Middle East

With Signing, White House Touts Efforts To Reshape Middle East

Palestine on Tuesday said that the signing of the normalization agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain in Washington will not achieve peace in the Middle East region.

Frustrated by the Palestinians' refusal to take part in Trump's Middle East peace initiative, the White House has sought to bypass them in hopes they will see the deals with the UAE and Bahrain as incentives, even leverage, for peace talks.

Of the peace agreements, he said: "This day is a pivot of history".

President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hailed the U.S. brokered peace treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday as the beginning of "a new Middle East" and signaled that the Trump administration is making progress in getting more countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to recognize Israel.

President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that additional peace deals are in the works with eight or nine countries.

Sarah Levin, executive director of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, expressed to JNS hope that these deals are "a meaningful first step towards warm, active relations between Israel and other countries throughout the Middle East region" in that "peace and normalization should be preferred to the alternative, and this exciting development gives us a renewed feeling of hope and optimism".

"It heralds a new dawn of peace", he said.

"All attempts to bypass the Palestinian people and their leadership will have serious consequences", the statement explained, stressing that the US administration and the Israeli authorities will bear the responsibility. "You could say it's a back door, but I call it a smart door".

In an op-ed for NBC news, she wrote: "Historically, Arab states have refused to normalize relations with Israel until and when it guarantees Palestinian national rights".

"Together, these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the region, something which nobody thought was possible, certainly not in this day and age - maybe in many decades from now - one founded in shared interests, mutual respect, and friendship". "Both countries have quietly dealt with Israel for years, sharing intelligence against Iran, a common enemy". They won't say that outwardly.

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The Palestinians, ruled by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, are opposed to the Israeli agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize relations without forcing Israel to cede its sovereignty over territory the Palestinians claim as their own.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Trump administration for brokering the accords.

Yet even the harshest critics have allowed that they could usher in a seismic shift in the region should other Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, follow suit, with implications for Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

The historic step in Arab-Israeli relations was orchestrated by the Trump administration, which dangled US arms sales as an incentive for the UAE.

"I think they want to make a deal", he said. She said it was "critically important" to understand the details of a freeze of efforts by Israel to annex portions of the West Bank. But El Kurd said the annexation suspension means nothing on the ground.

"The Palestinians will ultimately come in too", he said.

Tuesday's ceremony follows months of intricate diplomacy headed by Kushner and Trump's envoy for global negotiations, Avi Berkowitz, that first bore fruit August 13 when the Israel-UAE deal was announced.

Though negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians last broke down in 2014, some Gulf Arab states and several other Arab countries have long had quiet, informal contacts with Israel.

A Trump administration official said the deal between Israel and UAE is smoothing the way for the U.S.to proceed with the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets and other military weaponry.

The two Persian Gulf nations became only the third and fourth Arab countries to fully open ties with Israel, a country that most Middle Eastern nations have long refused to recognize, in part for its failure to resolve the conflict with Palestinians.

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