Bahrain to Forge Ties With Israel, Trump Says

TEL AVIV—Bahrain and Israel will normalize ties in a U.S.-brokered offer, President Trump said Friday, advancing a broader realignment in the Center East as Israel and Gulf Arab states obtain prevalent result in against Iran.

The offer indicators a monumental change in the region, in which most Arab states formerly experienced held off on producing peace with Israel so long as its long-running conflict with the Palestinians remained unresolved. Past thirty day period, the United Arab Emirates and Israel agreed to build official diplomatic ties, the end result of talks also involving the Trump administration.

The Palestinian Authority slammed the new settlement in a assertion on Friday, calling it a betrayal. “This is an particularly hazardous stage that torpedoes the Arab peace initiative,” the assertion said, referring to a Saudi peace proposal endorsed by most Arab international locations. The Palestinians recalled their ambassador from Bahrain.

A joint assertion by the U.S., Israel and Bahrain said the two Mideast nations would build comprehensive diplomatic relations, to “continue the beneficial transformation of the Center East.”

Israeli Key Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flying to Washington to attend upcoming week’s signing with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the U.A.E. minister of international affairs, and a senior Bahraini official.