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Israel, UAE, & Bahrain Sign "Abraham Accords" at the White House
Sep 16, 2020 at 03:11 AM

The Quick Facts

  • On Tuesday, leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain gathered at the White House with President Donald Trump to sign the "Abraham Accords," a set of deals normalizing relations between Israel and the two Arab monarchies.
  • Bahrain previously announced on September 11th that it would be joining the UAE in normalizing relations with Israel. The UAE's agreement to the accords was first announced in mid-August.
  • Functionally, the accords allow for the establishment of embassies as well as economic and political cooperation. The accords also include a pledge from Israel to temporarily suspend its pursuit of sovereignty over Palestinian territory.
  • The signing was met with outrage from many Palestinians, who had counted on wealthy Arab countries like the UAE and Bahrain to pressure Israel economically. 13 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Tuesday, injuring two.

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Will the Abraham Accords move the Middle East closer to peace?

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Haaretz

How brutal UAE and Bahrain autocrats outplayed a tired, deluded Palestinian leadership

Muhammad Shehada
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Al Jazeera

What will be the impact of the Trump-sponsored normalisation?

Joe Macaron
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The Jerusalem Post

To Israel, the UAE and Bahrain: Mazal Tov. Mabruk.

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The Wall Street Journal

The Art of a Mideast Deal

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