Last week, on 15th September 2020, Peace was signed and sealed at the White House as US President Donald Trump hosted the signing ceremony on the White House South Lawn where Israel signed a peace treaty, – the Abraham Accords, with the UAE and a declaration of peace with Bahrain.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani were hosted by President Trump as Israel and the UAE signed a peace treaty and Israel and Bahrain both signed a declaration of peace. Quite justifiably, all four of them hailed the occasion as an historic breakthrough toward a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Whilst the Palestinians and many of their supporters have vociferously opposed and condemned these advancements, former British prime minister and longtime Quartet envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair said recently at The Jerusalem Post conference:
“The foundation of the approach in the region, that Israelis and Palestinians negotiate peace and then the rest of the region joins, is the diametric opposite of what should happen…Actually, what you need to do is create peace between Israel and the Arab nations and include the Palestinian issue in that peace.”
Read the full article about what Blair had to say at the recent JPost conference here.
The full text of the signed Abraham Accords can be read online here.
The Bahraini Foreign Minister’s speech at the White House signing can be read here.
The UAE Foreign Minister’s speech can be read here.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech can be read here
President Trump’s speech can be read here.
Coverage of the signing ceremony can be viewed online here