President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated the signing of the “Abraham Accords,” a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates brokered by the United States.
“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”
The president hosted an elaborate ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, addressing the world from the South Portico. A large crowd of supporters applauded the ceremony and cheered the president’s speech.
The deal with the three countries means that they will establish embassies in Israel, exchange ambassadors, and normalize economic relations.
“They are going to work together. They are friends,” Trump said.
The deal also moves to open historic sites and holy places in Israel to Muslims, such as the Al Aqsa Mosque.
“The people of the Middle East will no longer allow hatred of Israel to be fomented as an excuse for radicalism or extremism, so important, and they’ll no longer allow the great destiny of their region to be denied,” Trump said.
President Trump joined Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayan by signing copies of the peace accords in Arabic, English, and in Hebrew.
President Trump recalled his first trip to Saudi Arabia in 2017 where he urged Arab nations to reject terrorism and embrace peace.
“My message that day was very simple, unite against common enemies of civilization,” he said.