Under the auspices of US President Donald Trump, the UAE and Bahrain signed the normalization agreement with Israel at the White House, Tuesday, despite the widespread rejection and condemnation on the Palestinian side.
After the two agreements were signed in three languages, English, Arabic and Hebrew, the event ended.
In a speech before the attendees at the start of the signing ceremony, the US President said, “The normalization agreement will be the basis for a comprehensive peace in the region, and the countries that signed the agreement will exchange ambassadors with Israel, open embassies, and start working together as partners… they are friends”.
He added, “Today we are here to change the course of history.
After decades of division and conflict, we are celebrating the dawn of a new Middle East”.
He continued, “These agreements will work together as a basis for a comprehensive peace throughout the region, which is something that no one thought was possible”.
“The historic signature today proves that the countries of the Middle East are liberating from the failed approach of the past,” he said.
In his speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the two agreements with the UAE and Bahrain as “a historic turning point”.
He claimed that “this is not peace between leaders but between peoples as well”.
He continued, saying: Peace will expand to include other Arab countries, so that it will then be possible to end the Arab-Israeli conflict forever.
He pointed out that “the great economic benefits of our partnership can be felt throughout the region, and will reach all our citizens”.
The Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and his Bahraini counterpart, Abd al Latif al Zayani, considered, on Tuesday, that their country’s normalization with Israel is an opportunity for “stability in the region”.
This came in their speeches at the White House, prior to the signing of the normalization agreement.
Bin Zayed said that his country’s agreement with Israel would be “a bright beacon for all peace lovers”.
He talked about “this treaty will enable us to stand more by the Palestinian people and realize their hope for an independent state within a stable and prosperous region”.
He pointed out that “the Arab treaties signed with Israel are a building block for the future and for the work towards stability and development”.
al Zayani, the representative of the State of Bahrain, said that today’s agreement is “a historic event and an opportunity to achieve peace, prosperity and stability for the region”.
He said, “We have to work quickly and actively to achieve a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and we have shown today that such a path is possible and realistic, and what was considered dream years ago now can be realized”.
Before the signing ceremony began, Trump met with the Israeli prime minister, and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain, separately.
The White House also wrote in a tweet: “Today is a historic day in the White House!
President Donald Trump receives the Prime Minister of Israel and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE to sign the Abrahamic Agreements”.
On the other hand, the Palestine Liberation Organization described the day Bahrain and the UAE signed the normalization agreement with Israel as a “black day” in the history of the official Arab system.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, “Fatah,” said that Bahrain and the UAE “today signed an agreement to comply with the occupation state”.
The “Hamas” movement considered the signing of the two agreements, “as if it was not, and is not equal to the ink that was written with it”.
“The Palestinian people will deal with these agreements as if they did not exist, by insisting on the struggle until the full recovery of their rights,” said the movement’s spokesman, Hazem Qassem, on his Facebook page.
For its part, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine considered the declaration as a “black day” in the history of the Palestinian people and the Arab nation, and “a day that the UAE and Bahrain regimes fell in the mire of betrayal”.
The front said, in a press statement, that “the agreement was not implemented overnight.
Rather, it was prepared, prepared and planned over the years”.
In turn, Muhammad al-Hindi, head of the political department of Islamic Jihad, told Turkish official Anadolu news Agency, “The besieged Gaza is responding to the Emirati-Bahraini normalization agreement with Israel, by launching rockets towards the occupied lands”.
On Tuesday evening, the Israeli army announced that warning sirens sounded in the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, in the south, after two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, one of which, according to Hebrew media, injured two people.
On the ground, hundreds of Palestinians participated, on Tuesday, in protest vigils in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel in response to a call from the “Unified National Popular Resistance Command” to consider Tuesday as a day of “popular” anger against the two normalization agreements.
The tones of patriotic songs and chants rejecting the projects of conspiracy and normalization with Israel, the Ain al Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon witnessed, on Tuesday, the activities of “Anger” Day in protest against normalization.
In Bahrain, protesters condemned, on Tuesday evening, their country’s signing of a normalization agreement with Israel, according to two opposition sources.
The “National Islamic Society”, the largest opposition party in Bahrain (dissolved), published pictures showing a nighttime exit of protesters against the signing of the normalization agreement.
The photos, which were published on the association’s Twitter account, show that dozens of people in one of the alleys raised banners condemning normalization with Israel.
The Anti-Normalization Society twitted on top of the photos: “The people of Bahrain are screaming despite the oppression, lethality and prisons: Normalization is a betrayal – September 15th,” referring to the night of the signing.
On Friday, Bahrain announced that it had reached an agreement to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, under American auspices, to join the UAE, which took a similar step on August 13.
Bahrain is the fourth Arab country and the second Gulf country to establish normal relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994, and then the UAE in 2020.
Arab political forces and organizations announced their widespread rejection of this agreement, amid accusations that it was a “stab” in the back of the nation’s cause after a similar blow from the UAE.
Since the beginning of this year, the Palestinians have faced multiple challenges, including the “deal of the century”, which is an unfair US political plan against the Palestinians, then an Israeli plan to annex about a third of the occupied West Bank lands, and after that the UAE and Bahrain normalize their relations with Israel.