According to the Oval Office, several Middle Eastern countries are expected to participate in a normalization deal the United States helped facilitate.
The Trump administration predicts up to nine more Arab nations will join the new Israel Peace Agreement, which is hoped to be a significant step toward restoring peace and order in the region.
“I spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia [and he will normalize relations] at the right time,” President Donald Trump said, according to Agence France Presse. “I think seven or eight or nine [nations will follow suit].”
The remarks came after the president welcomed representatives from Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to sign a pact at the White House.
“We are here this afternoon to change the course of history,” the president said in a statement. “[These are] the first two peace deals between Israel and the Arab state in more than a quarter century. In Israel’s entire history, there have previously been only two such agreements [and] now we have achieved two in a single month, and there are more to follow.”
The peace agreement involves Bahrain, Israel, and the UAE establishing embassies, exchanging ambassadors, and increasing cooperation between each country’s tourism, trade, health care, security, and other sectors. It also requires Israel to pause adding to its territory land currently occupied by Palestinian people.
“The Abraham Accords also open the door for Muslims around the world to visit the historic sites in Israel and to peacefully pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam,” the president said. “These agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region, something which nobody thought was possible, certainly not in this day and age; maybe in many decades from now but one founded on shared interests, mutual respect, and friendship.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the Trump administration for helping several countries restore peace and order after a long history marred by conflict.
“This is not only a peace between leaders, it is a peace between peoples. Israelis, Emiratis, and Bahrainis are already embracing one another,” he said in a statement. “We are eager to invest in a future of partnership, prosperity, and peace. We have already begun to cooperate on combating corona [CCP Virus], and I am sure that together we can find solutions to many of the problems that afflict our region and beyond.”