“I salute the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for taking steps to normalize their relations with Israel. It’s good to see other people in the Middle East recognizing Israel and even welcoming it as a partner, ”Biden said.
Democratic presidential hopeful that if elected, his administration would “build” on the Trump administration’s efforts.
“A Biden-Harris administration will build on these steps, challenge other nations to keep pace, and work to capitalize on these growing ties to move towards a two-state solution and a more stable and peaceful region,” said the press release.
On Tuesday, Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alongside the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on the South Lawn of the White House to affirm their recent recognition of the status of State of Israel.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are the third and fourth Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The breakthrough also established direct commercial flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Documents signed at the event – along with the signature of a Trump witness – commit Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain to exchange ambassadors and open embassies.
However, they fail to address multiple major sticking points in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, such as the final status of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Speaking to reporters and other attendees at the event, Trump said the countries would “cooperate as partners in a wide range of sectors, from tourism to commerce and healthcare to security, they will work together. . They are friends. ”
The Trump administration’s efforts on Middle East peace have been led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser.
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday evening, he remarked of the deal: “The rapprochement of Arab countries and Israel will hopefully mark the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I think it removes a huge psychological barrier.