The US White House published excerpts from the Emirati and Bahraini normalization agreement with Israel, and expected other countries to join the agreement, while an Iranian official said that the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE are playing in the circus of US President Donald Trump, amid Palestinian disapproval of the agreements.
Yesterday, Tuesday, the White House witnessed the signing of Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, Bahraini Abdul Latif Al-Zayani and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an agreement to establish diplomatic relations, with the participation of the US President.
Among the agreement on normalization between the UAE and Israel, the two sides agreed on general principles that govern their relationship in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international laws, and respect for their sovereignty and the right of both to live in peace and security.
The two parties also pledged to take important measures to prevent the use of their lands to carry out a hostile or terrorist attack targeting the other party, and that each side would not support any hostile operations in the territories of the other party, and the agreement stipulated recognition of the right to coexistence.
The two sides declared their readiness to engage with the United States in what the agreement called a strategic agenda for the stability of the Middle East.
The Israeli-Emirati agreement also stipulated the establishment of peace through the normalization of diplomatic relations and the exchange of embassies, and cooperation in several areas, including: investment, aviation, health care, science and technology, health care, energy, agriculture, education, and the environment.
On the other hand, in the text of the normalization agreement signed between Israel and Bahrain, the two sides agreed to establish full diplomatic relations to enhance permanent security and avoid threats and the use of force, and they also agreed to promote coexistence and what the agreement called a culture of peace.
Bahrain and Israel agreed to discuss, in the coming weeks, cooperation agreements in several fields, including: investment, tourism, direct flights, security, communications, and the exchange of opening embassies.
The document stated that Bahrain and Israel are committed to advancing peace and security in the Middle East, and stress the importance of adopting the vision of the principles of this agreement and expanding the circle of peace, according to the text of the document.
The agreement stipulated recognition of the right of every state to sovereignty and live in peace and security, in addition to continuing efforts to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Other countries join
The US President also confirmed that he had held personal talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and with his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding the Kingdom’s accession to the peace agreement, and said that other Arab countries would soon join the rally of what he called peace with Israel.
And before the signing ceremony, Trump said - during his meeting with the Israeli prime minister - that he would hold talks with the Palestinians to be members of what he called the peace agreement.
He added that he cut off funds that were directed to the Palestinians because they do not deal with the United States with respect.
For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said - in an interview with the President of the Atlantic Council - that the normalization agreement between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel is historic and reflects Trump's approach to the Middle East.
Pompeo added that the US administration considers what he called Iran's expansionist ambitions as a factor destabilizing the Middle East.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that the issue of Israel's annexation of areas in the West Bank will not be addressed now, but rather that the matter will be discussed in the future.
He added that the United States had provided more aid to the Palestinians than any other country and that they should have sat down and discussed President Trump's peace plan.
For his part, the Democratic candidate for the US presidency, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, welcomed the steps of Bahrain and the UAE to normalize relations with Israel, and they said that it is good to see other countries in the Middle East recognize Israel and welcome it as a partner.
In an announcement posted on the official website of their election campaign, Biden and Harris affirmed that if elected, their administration will build on these steps to join other countries on the same path, and will work to strengthen and develop these relations for the sake of a two-state solution and a more stable and peaceful region.
For his part, Netanyahu said that Israel is experiencing the best diplomatic phase in its life, and that it has strong relations with countries in the Middle East.
Netanyahu praised the two accords of normalization, and said that other countries would sign peace agreements, and that what is happening today could put an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict forever, as he put it.
As for the UAE foreign minister, Abdullah bin Zayed, he said that the Middle East has suffered a lot, and that Abu Dhabi, by normalizing its relations with Israel, is showing the world that something good can come out of the region.
He added that the UAE is looking to build a strong partnership with Israel.
The Emirati minister added that the agreement would open up broader horizons for a comprehensive peace in the region, and that it would allow us to stand more by the Palestinian people.
For his part, the Bahraini Foreign Minister praised the steps that he said Israel had taken to achieve peace, describing the agreement as an important step.
Iranian and Palestinian responses
Meanwhile, Amir Abd al-Lahian, advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker for international affairs, said that what is happening in Washington is a circus led by Trump, and that Bahrain and the UAE are just players in it.
And Abd al-Lahian added that the "Zionism" that occupied part of Palestine in the past is now occupying two Gulf states in a new way.
For its part, the Palestinian Authority presidency said that what happened in the White House of signing agreements between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel would not achieve peace in the region.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas - during a phone call he received from Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) - expressed his support and blessing for the efforts that affirm the unity of the Palestinian position in the face of plots against the Palestinian cause.
For his part, Haniyeh assured Abbas that the two national liberation movements (Fatah), Hamas and all the Palestinian factions are in one trench, and will not allow the Palestinian issue to be a bridge for recognition and normalization with the occupation state at the expense of national rights, Jerusalem and the right of return.
As for the Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, he said that the signing of the normalization agreements between Israel, the Emirates and Bahrain reflects the collapse of the security and Arab national system.
In a previous publication to Al-Jazeera, Erekat made it clear that there is neither peace nor stability in the region without the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
For its part, Hamas described what the UAE and Bahrain had done, in their agreement with the Israeli occupation, as a betrayal of Jerusalem and Palestine.