Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to normalise relations with Israel, in a US-brokered deal that Palestinian leaders denounced as “another treacherous stab to the Palestinian cause”.
Donald Trump, the president of the United States, announced the deal on Twitter on Friday after he spoke by phone to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A month ago, the UAE agreed to normalise ties with Israel under a US-brokered deal scheduled to be signed at a White House ceremony on Tuesday hosted by Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3.
Friday’s joint statement only made passing mention of the Palestinians, who fear the moves by Bahrain and the UAE will weaken a longstanding pan-Arab position that calls for Israeli withdrawal from already illegally occupied territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab countries.
After UAE it is another treacherous stab to the Palestinian cause and this decision represents a grave harm to the Palestinian cause, and it supports the occupation. And it is very unfortunate that all this is happening in the name of Palestine cause. Every Arab nation is linking it with peace in Palestine that is totally delusional and normalization of ties has nothing to do with it.
Saudi acquiescence was key to Bahrain’s decision.It is a purely Saudi decision. In the absence of the ability, due to internal constraints, by the leadership in Saudi Arabia to respond positively to Trump, they gave him Bahrain on a silver platter. It is pretty clear that Bahrain and the UAE deals would not have happened “without regional backing.
Trump might be looking for a political point scoring for announcing such deals as the elections are approaching.While the deals between Israel, Bahrain and the UAE are not high on the list of priorities for most US voters, a large portion of Trump’s supporters are Evangelical Christians who favour his pro-Israel positions. Trump might be convincing them that he may bring deal of the century in the second term if chosen.