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President Trump presided over a ceremony on the Southern Turf, during which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed a general statement of principle, named by the White House after the biblical father of three monotheistic religions and individual agreements between Israel and the two Arab states. Palestinians expressed anger at the agreements by firing rockets from Gaza at Israel during the ceremony at the White House. Trump and his allies hope the deals will improve his credibility as a peacemaker, with the presidential election coming in less than two months. Trump`s campaign called the Facebook accords a “historic Middle East peace deal,” which experts called an exaggeration. The staging of the event seemed to stimulate the scene more than 25 years ago in the same place as when President Bill Clinton negotiated a deal – and an iconic handshake – between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Mr. Trump said there would be “peace in the Middle East,” a phrase that typically suggests a solution to Israel`s conflict with the Palestinians. The pacts call for the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the two Arab countries. Countries are also making vague promises to work for peace and security in the Middle East. Other bilateral agreements will be negotiated in the coming weeks on issues such as finance, aviation, health, tourism, culture, energy and other areas. Among those present was Trump`s son-in-law and chief adviser, Jared Kushner, who has made middle East peace a central priority in his work in the White House and helped mediate the agreements. The vagueness, even on the eve of the ceremony, raised some doubts about the sustainability of the agreements. Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to establish formal relations, ending a decades-long taboo in Arab diplomacy that in fact pushes priorities in the Middle East.

The agreements are the first such agreements between Israel and an Arab state since 1994, when the Jewish state established diplomatic relations with Jordan. They are also a further step towards the formation of a de facto alliance between Israel and the Sunni Arab monarchies of the Gulf against their common enemy, Shiite Iran. Pressure on Iran was a central focus of Trump`s foreign policy, and Trump officials worked to build a common regional front against Tehran, in which Saudi Arabia played an important role. The texts of the agreements had little to say about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which until now had been an obstacle to diplomatic progress.