US President Donald Trump has hailed the “dawn of a new Middle East”, as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed agreements to fully normalise relations with Israel. The Gulf states are the fourth and fifth Arab countries to recognise and establish formal diplomatic relations with Israel, after Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania. The latter later severed ties with the occupation state as a result of its 2014 war on Gaza. Trump told a crowd of hundreds gathered yesterday at the White House: “After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East. We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history.” Foreign ministers from the UAE and Bahrain were present at the ceremony, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: Trump marks ‘dawn of a new Middle East’ as Israel, UAE and Bahrain sign ‘peace deals’