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Israel, UAE and Bahrain sign US-brokered normalization deals Updated: 2020-09-16 10:04:52 KST

Hundreds of people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, to witness the signing of a historic agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Dubbed the 'Abraham Accord', the deal formalizes the normalization of the Jewish state's relations with the Arab nations.
At the U.S.-brokered ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.
President Trump said the agreement could pave way for other countries to follow suit.

"These agreements prove that the nations of the region are breaking free from the failed approaches of the past. Today's signing sets history on a new course, and there will be other countries very, very soon that will follow these great leaders."

The three Middle East nations also expressed their hope for peace with the accord.

"The blessings of the peace we make today will be enormous - first, because this peace will eventually expand to include other Arab states and ultimately it can end the Arab Israeli conflict once and for all."

"And as for us in the United Arab Emirates, this accord will enable us to continue to stand by the Palestinian people and realize their hopes for an independent state within a stable and prosperous region."

"What was only dreamed of a few years ago is now achievable, and we can see before us a golden opportunity for peace, security and prosperity for our region."

However, the accord does not address the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
While the UAE, Bahrain and other Arab nations support the Palestinians, the Trump administration has persuaded the UAE and Bahrain to not let that prevent them from having normal ties with Israel.
While the agreements won't end any active wars, supporters believe it could pave the way for a broader Arab-Israeli rapprochement after decades of conflict.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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