Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to accompany Bahrain’s foreign minister on a historic visit, where the regional peace agreement that also involves the United Arab Emirates will be signed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was adamant, “Frankly, this day would not have happened, these Abraham accords would not have been signed without President Trump’s crucial support and leadership.” As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, his statements were made during a press conference Wednesday with Pompeo and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.
Pompeo, opened his comments by expressing his happiness at finding himself speaking from Jerusalem, the “legitimate capital of the Jewish homeland.” He also took the opportunity to point out that President Trump signed three historic peace agreements in just over two months, something several Democratic administrations never managed to do.
During his speech, he was very critical of the Iranian regime and assured that these peace agreements with Israel, Bahrai, and the United Arab Emirates send a clear message to the regime about the changing landscape in the Middle East.
“These peace agreements also tell malign actors like the Islamic Republic of Iran that their influence in the region is waning and that they are ever more isolated in this and shall forever be until they change their direction,” Pompeo said.
On Sept. 11, President Trump announced in a press release that Israel and Bahrain committed to begin the process of exchanging embassies and ambassadors, developing direct flights between the two countries and launching cooperation initiatives in a wide range of sectors.
The agreement came less than a month after the signing of the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, adding two historic and recently unthinkable pacts.
In the same statement, President Trump assured, “The United States will continue to support the people of Bahrain as they work to counter terrorism and extremism, develop economically, and build new peaceful partnerships across the region.”
“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue 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,” the statement began
The recent agreement makes the Kingdom of Bahrain the fourth Arab country, after Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, to formalize diplomatic ties with the State of Israel.
As reported by Fox News, in a call to reporters, White House aide Jared Kushner said, “We are seeing the beginning of a new Middle East, and President Trump has really secured alliances and partners to try to make it happen.”