The US President is declaring the ‘dawn of a new Middle East’.
After talks brokered by Donald Trump, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements normalising their relations with Israel.
The historic deal was signed by all three nations at the White House, and sets out the framework for greater economic and diplomatic ties, and a hope for lasting peace.
Neither the UAE nor Bahrain is at war with Israel, so the document signed is not a peace treaty in a traditional sense.
However, it is still significant, with the last Arab state to make peace with Israel, being Jordan in 1994.
Meanwhile, Palestinian leaders say only an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories can bring peace to the Middle East, and have called both the UAE and Bahrain, ‘traitors to their cause’.