President Trump will preside at the White House on Tuesday to sign two historic deals between Israel and the two Gulf countries – a ceremony that will ignite Trump’s foreign policy credentials as he seeks reunification.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sign a normalization of relations with both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The UAE deal was announced last month, with the Bahrain deal announced on Friday. About 700 guests are expected to attend the ceremony to be held in South Lawn.
Trump Announcers have established a normal relationship in Butheran, the push for a dealdown.
In addition to bilateral agreements, the trio is expected to sign the tripartite document. Together they are dubbed the “Abraham Pact” and are expected to sign Trump as a witness.
The deals normalize relations on everything from air travel to the establishment of embassies and security, and it is expected that it will initiate such deals even further – possibly with Omar, Sudan, Morocco and others.
While it is expected that there will be deals in the new era in the region, where Israel has long been a pariah, it also comes two months before the US presidential election and gives Trump a clear victory on the foreign policy front.
With an economic agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, the deals discussed whether Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize – the president received two nominations for the prestigious award.
While critics have said that such deals ignore the Palestinians and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is expected that the deal will be the beginning of a heated Arab-Israeli relationship.
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In a call with reporters on Friday, White House adviser Jared Kushner said it took Israel 72 years to make its first two peace agreements, and two more have taken place in the last 29 days – describing it as a sign That the area is changing.
“We are seeing the beginning of a new Middle East and the president has really tried to push the alliance and partners forward,” he said.
Meanwhile, Iran, in both deals, called them “dangerous” and “shameful”.
“. @ RealDonaldTrump was in dire need of a campaign photo. His son-in-law blackmailed his regional customers to give him one, ”tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif. “The only problem: The ‘peace agreements’ being signed are not between enemies but between allies. What a diplomatic coup!”
Meanwhile, in Israel, where accusers have received widespread acclaim, there are concerns that the deal could lead to arms sales to the UAE and Bahrain, leading to Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.
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On “Fox and Friends” Trump dispelled those concerns on Tuesday morning, stating that he would have no problem buying UAE jets.
“I would have no problem selling them the F-35 … I see it as an asset, not as a liability,” he said, noting that it would help jobs in the US.
He also said that other countries “want to come in” and believes that Palestinians will eventually have to come as well.
“You’re going for peace in the Middle East,” Trump said.
Fox News Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.