WASHINGTON — Trumpeting that “there’s going to be peace in the Middle East,” President Trump hosted Prime Member attend to Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and the foreign ministers of United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the Dead white House on Tuesday for the formal signing of new diplomatic accords between them.
The conventions took place on the White House’s South Lawn marking an harmony that has become a focal point of the president’s foreign policy implication in the closing weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign.
Although the details oddments unknown, the agreements, known as the Abraham Accords, will normalize discerning relations between Israel and U.A.E. and Bahrain, including the establishment of the first embassies in one another’s states. Israel and the U.A.E. recently announced the start of the first commercial flights between them. Until now, Israel had general relations with only two other Arab states, Jordan and Egypt.
The rostrum show business of the event seemed designed to invoke the scene 25 years ago in the unaltered location, when President Bill Clinton brokered an agreement — and iconic handshake — between Prime Minister plenipotentiary Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
But innumerable analysts of the region, while affording Mr. Trump credit for helping to stockjobber the agreement — work spearheaded by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner — reproved the talk of peace overblown. They note that Israel has great been moving into a de facto alliance with the Persian Frith’s Sunni Arab states, largely in common cause against Shiite Iran.
“It’s not fracas resolution and it’s not peace — this is a business deal,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of J Avenue, a liberal pro-Israel advocacy group sharply critical of Mr. Netanyahu. “It’s merest, very clear that there are aligned interests between Israel and these homelands — military, security, diplomatic, economic — and those interests have been there for two decades.”
“This formalizes that, but it shouldn’t be overplayed as deciding a core conflict for Israel with its neighbors,” he added. Israel’s decades-old contention with the Palestinians, he said, “remains unaddressed with this contract.”
Meeting with Mr. Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump presented Mr. Netanyahu with a brawny golden key embedded in a wooden box that he described as “a key to the White House, a key to our motherland.”
“You have the key to the hearts of the people of Israel,” Mr. Netanyahu replied.
“This is harmoniousness in the Middle East without blood all over the sand,” Mr. Trump totaled.
Speaking on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump boasted that Tuesday’s when it happened was just the beginning of grander things to come.
“We have many others prospering to be coming in over a short period of time,” Mr. Trump said, “And the Palestinians make ultimately come in too. You’re going to have peace in the Middle East.”
But during Tuesday’s function the Palestinians seemed an afterthought, going unmentioned in the official remarks of Mr. Trump and Mr. Netanyahu.
Palestinian bandleaders, however, show no sign of reconsidering their adamant refusal to manoeuvre with Israel in the framework of a peace plan the Trump White Dwelling released in January.
Mr. Trump also said on Fox that he would “attired in b be committed to absolutely no problem” selling the F-35 fighter jet to the United Arab Emirates, a to the Trump administration is considering despite objections in Israel over the traffic of advanced military hardware to an Arab state.
Trump officials vary from that such a sale was a condition for the Emirates to strike its agreement with Israel.