Atop a balcony with Trump overlooking a crowd of several hundred on the White House lawn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood alongside Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani. Gantz also adds that the UAE and Bahrain were specifically countries "whom we've never fought and who have never fought us, not even through proxies".
The signing will formally establish diplomatic ties between an Arab country and Israel for the first time since 1994, when Jordan normalized relations.
"We're very far down the road with about five countries, five additional countries", Trump said.
Trump to preside over historic Arab-Israel recognition deals
He notes that while normalizing ties with faraway countries was undoubtedly a good thing, it was "also important to make peace with our neighbors" and calls for renewing diplomatic efforts with the Palestinians. Though the mood of the ceremony is expected to be warm, it will be up to the leaders whether they want to shake hands, the official told reporters.
In addition to the bilateral agreements signed by Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, all three are signing a document dubbed the "Abraham Accords" after the patriarch of the world's three major monotheistic religions.
"I said clearly that the nations of the regions had to decide what kind of a future they wanted for their children and for their families and for their nation itself", Trump said just before the signing ceremony.
The UAE and Bahrain will now be able to purchase high-tech weapons from the U.S., as Israel already does, including Reaper drones, EA-18G Growler jets and F-35 fighter planes.
The Palestinian leadership, which has long accused Trump of pro-Israel bias, has denounced the Arab rapprochement with Israel as a betrayal of their cause, even though Netanyahu agreed, in return for normalisation with the UAE, to suspend a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
The deals see normalization of relations on everything from air travel to the establishment of embassies and security, and it's hoped that it will usher in further such deals.
Gantz says that while there was no indication of an imminent uprising, there were concerns of a "straw that breaks the camel's back".
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