In historic breakthrough, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel agree to establish full diplomatic ties

In a historic breakthrough, Bahrain and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, the countries announced in a joint statement along with the United States, marking the second time in a month an Arab Gulf nation has announced new ties with the Jewish state.

The United States, Bahrain and Israel said the agreement was reached after President Trump spoke with PM Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Friday.

“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East,” the statement reads.

The deal comes after Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced a similar agreement last month.

Bahrain will join Israel and the UAE for a signing ceremony at the White House on September 15.

“It’s unthinkable that this could happen and so fast,” President Trump said about the Israel-Bahrain deal.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner hailed the agreements as “the culmination of four years of great work” by the Trump administration.

“We’re seeing the beginning of a new Middle East, and the president has really secured alliances and partners in trying to pursue that,” Kushner said.

PM Netanyahu announced the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain. This is the fourth peace accord between Israel and an Arab country.