UAE, Bahrain FMs Arrive in Washington to Sign Peace Deal with Israel

US Defense Secretary James Mattis greets Bahrain's Minister of the Interior Rashid bin Abdullah al Khalifa ahead of meetings at the Pentagon

He pointed out that the cabinet was considering recommending that President Mahmoud Abbas "revise Palestine's relations with the Arab League, which remains tight-lipped on the blatant violation of its own resolutions, none of which has anyway been implemented", as he described the Arab League as a "symbol of Arab ineptitude".

"The Palestinian leadership strongly rejects and condemns the American-Bahraini-Israeli tripartite declaration on the normalization of relations between the occupying state of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain, and considers it a betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause", the statement read, as quoted by the Palestinian Authority's news service WAFA.

Bahrain then became the fourth Arab country to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel after UAE, Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994).

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has alluded to the possibility that other countries may soon announce peace agreements with Israel, probably at the time of Tuesday's signing ceremony in Washington.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to leave late on Sunday for the United States, where he is slated to sign historic normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on Tuesday.

"This day will be added to the Palestinian calendar of pain and Arab calendar of defeats, as it deals the death blow to the Arab Peace Initiative and Arab solidarity", he added as he urged the Arabs to stand united in the face of the agreements.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said the deal was an "aggression" that dealt "serious prejudice" to the Palestinian cause.

Bahrain and Israel's defence ministers held their first publicly acknowledged phone call on Monday, and another pair of ministers separately discussed commercial possibilities between the two countries.



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