President Trump announced Friday that Bahrain will establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, following the UAE, in another sign of the changing dynamics of the Middle East that are bringing Arab nations closer to Israel, isolating Palestinians and positioning Trump as a campaign. . season peacemaker.
Mr. Trump announced the news on Twitter, issuing a joint statement with Bahrain and Israel, and calling the move “a historic turning point for further peace in the Middle East”.
Bahrain, a tiny island kingdom off the east coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf, has strategic significance for Washington as a host of the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
The deal was largely brokered by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who spearheaded the administration’s efforts to reach a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. That project has largely been suspended since the administration last January release of a heavily skewed, pro-Israel peace plan that analysts have called unacceptable to Palestinians.
Since then, Mr. Kushner and other Trump officials have turned their energies towards Israel’s relations with other Arab countries, in part as a means of showing Palestinians that their demands would no longer dictate the wider dynamics of the region.