Egypt, UAE praise Bahrain-Israel normalization agreement

After the announcement, Jordan's foreign minister said Israel should stop all its procedures to undermine the two-states solution, Turkey condemned the decision as well.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the funeral of former president Hosni Mubarak (photo credit: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH / REUTERS)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the funeral of former president Hosni Mubarak
Following the announcement of a normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain countries throughout the Middle East reacted to the news, many praising it, while others condemned it.
The United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed the decision by Bahrain and Israel to establish relations, which it said it hoped would have a positive effect on the climate for peace and cooperation in the region and around the world.
"The move represents a significant step towards an era of security and prosperity ... (and) would expand the scope of economic, cultural, scientific, and diplomatic avenues of cooperation," the UAE foreign ministry said in a statement.
The UAE will on September 15 normalize ties with Israel, which was announced last month. Bahrain and Israel will sign a declaration the same day.
Nabeel Al-Hamer, media advisor to the king of Bahrain, said on Friday that Bahrain normalizing relations with Israel affirms that a fair and lasting peace is the best way to guarantee Palestinian rights.
Egypt's president on Friday said he appreciates the "important step" of Israel and Bahrain establishing diplomatic relations.
The agreement, announced on Friday, would help establish "stability and peace in the Middle East, in a way that achieves a just and permanent settlement of the Palestinian issue," President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Twitter.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday strongly condemned the decision by Bahrain to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, adding it will deal a fresh blow to efforts to defend the Palestinian cause.
"It will further encourage Israel to continue illegitimate practices towards Palestine and its efforts to make the occupation of Palestinian lands permanent," the ministry statement said.
Jordan's foreign minister Ayman Safadi said in a statement on Friday, that the necessary steps to achieve a fair and comprehensive peace in the region should come from Israel.
The minister added, after the announcement of a normalization of ties between Israel and Bahrain, Israel should stop all its procedures to undermine the two-states solution, and end the illegal occupation of the Palestinian lands.
Additionally, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a special adviser on international affairs to the speaker of Iran’s parliament, called the agreement a great betrayal to the Islamic cause and Palestinians.
"The imprudent leaders in UAE, #Bahrain must not pave the way for the Zionist schemes. They should learn lessons from history. Tomorrow is late! The US lifeline has worn out for years" tweeted Amir-Abdollahian, also a former deputy foreign minister.
Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, President Donald Trump said on Friday, a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East.
Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said.
Trump also tweeted: "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!"
"This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East," the United States, Bahrain and Israel said in a joint statement.
"Opening direct dialog 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 in the region," it said.
Netanyahu said the agreement marks a "new era of peace."
"For many long years, we invested in peace, and now peace will invest in us, will bring about truly major investments in Israel's economy - and that is very important," Netanyahu said in a video statement.
Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.