President Donald Trump announced Friday that Bahrain would move to normalize relations with Israel, building on the president’s push for closer ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
The White House announced last month that the United Arab Emirates and Israel had agreed to formalize diplomatic relations, paving the way for Friday’s deal with Bahrainand giving Trump a fresh foreign policy win ahead of the November election.
“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!” Trump tweeted on Friday.
The president tweeted out a copy of the six-paragraph deal between Israel, Bahrain and the U.S., which said Bahrain and Israel will establish “full diplomatic relations.”
“Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security and prosperity,” the statement said.