The US administration is contemplating a sale of F-35 fifth-generation jet fighters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but will discuss a possible deal with Israel to accommodate its security concerns, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner told reporters on Wednesday. Trump is going to organize a ceremony after a week at the White House on the deal between the UAE and Israel.
As more countries normalise relations with Israel - which will happen quite quickly, we believe - the region will become more and more stable, secure, and prosperous, Trump said.
Bahrain is a close ally of Saudi Arabia, which sent troops to help the tiny island state put down unrest that erupted there, as well as in neighboring Kuwait and the UAE during the Arab Spring.
Observers say the recognition of Israel by two Gulf countries reflects a changing dynamic in the Middle East in which traditional Arab support for the Palestinians' fight towards statehood has largely been surpassed by regional concerns about Iran.
Analysts say Trump secured another political victory just before the United States presidential election to bring pro-Israel Christians to his court. The Saudis gave tacit approval to the UAE's decision last month by publicly announcing they would allow commercial jets traveling between Israel and the Emirates to fly over Saudi territory.
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Bahrainis opposed to their government's agreement to establish diplomatic relations with Israel vented their frustration on social media Saturday, underlining the complexities of the Gulf's rapprochement with the Jewish state. It was captured by Israel in the 1967 war with Arab states but remains an area claimed by the Palestinians, who are Arabs. It took us 26 years to go from a second peace agreement with an Arab state to a third peace agreement, and it took us not 26 years, but 29 days to reach a peace agreement between a third Arab state and a fourth Arab state, and there will be even more, "Netanyahu said".
Earlier this week, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a far-right Norwegian lawmaker nominated Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden admitted Thursday that President Trump had made a positive achievement with the UAE-Israel peace deal.
TRUMP: I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the agreement between Bahrain and Israel "excellent news". The U.S. Congress has opposed such sales to Bahrain because of its abysmal human rights record.
By contrast, both the UAE and Bahrain are monarchies that can more easily repress any domestic opposition.