- History has been made
- Israel, Bahrain, and UAE have signed peace accords
- Two rockets were shot from Gaza in opposition to the peace accords
On Tuesday, an historic Middle East peace agreement was signed at the White House between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain titled the Abraham Accords. This the first peace accord between Arab nations and Israel since 1994, when Jordan and Israel signed a peace agreement.
Before that, Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords in 1978. At the White House, President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and two foreign ministers representing Bahrain and UAE met. President Trump was first to speak after meeting privately with Netanyahu in his Oval office in the White House.
He told Netanyahu that there will be an additional five or six countries joining the peace agreement soon. There were at least 700 guests sitting on the lawn in front of the White House at the signing. President Trump said they were here today to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict, they mark the dawn of a new Middle East.
Netanyahu was invited to speak next. Netanyahu called it a pivot of history, a new dawn of peace. This is not a peace between leaders, he said, but a peace between peoples. The Emirati foreign minister then spoke. He thanked Israel for halting the annexation of Palestinian territories.
Today we are witnessing a change in the heart of the Middle East, he said, a change that will send hope throughout the world. He spoke mostly in Arabic, which was translated into English. Then, his Bahraini counterpart spoke. He said that today, we are witnessing a truly historic moment for hope and opportunity.
The agreement is to be followed up with an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. The Bahraini emissary said that have shown today that such a path is possible even realistic. What was only dreamed a few years ago is now achievable, and we can see before us a golden opportunity for peace, security, and prosperity for our region.
Each of the representatives spoke before sitting down together to sign the agreements. First, the individual bilateral agreements between the three nations was signed. Then, a trilateral document, called the Abraham Accords, was signed.
In the middle of the ceremony, air raid sirens were heard in the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod. Two rockets were shot off from Gaza toward these cities. One of the rockets was intercepted by the Iron Dome Missile Defense system, but the other rocket hit near a mall in the city of Ashdod, injuring several people with shrapnel, one moderately and the other two people lightly.
This attack was a sign of opposition by Hamas in Gaza to the signing of the peace accords. This agreement is seen to be another step in the direction of bringing peace to the region, even if the Palestinians are still not ready to discuss their portion in the whole conflict.