Two Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – are set to sign a formal agreement with Israel under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. The agreement is expected to be signed at the White House on Tuesday 15 September. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already arrived in Washington to participate.

The Abraham Accord will be signed by US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain. He described it as another “historic moment” in a Twitter post.

The agreements with the United Arab Emirates-Bahrain, two countries in the Saudi region in the Middle East, will enable Israel to end its isolation in the region. Furthermore, as relations with the Arabs have gradually normalized, the country now has the opportunity to take a strong stand at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Because, many Muslim countries have already accepted Israel.

Saudi Arabia has not made any public announcement of its relations with Israel so far, but the secret ties of the two countries have leaked to the international media over the years. In a 2016 interview with US-based The Atlantic, the Saudi prince, better known as MBS, spoke on the Israeli issue. He said that Saudi Arabia has common interests with Israel on many issues.

MBS stated its position in favor of the right to exist in the state of Israel, which originated in the Palestinian territories. He says that the Palestinians as well as Israel have the “right” to live peacefully on their land.

Trump recently welcomed the decision to open Saudi airspace for Israeli-Emirati flights. In other words, monarchical Arab governments are accepting of Israel. However, politicians in Arab countries have called such a situation a betrayal of the Palestinians. Sources: Arab News, Al Jazeera

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