Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel, White House announces

“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East,” the statement said. “Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region.”

The Bahraini foreign minister will join Netanyahu and representatives of the UAE at the White House next week to sign a declaration of peace, the statement said.

The Trump administration has long had its eyes set on brokering a peace agreement in the Middle East, and the White House contends the latest thaws put Trump in line for the Nobel Peace Prize. Trump was nominated for the prize by a right-wing Norwegian lawmaker for the agreement between the UAE and Israel.

“The president is ending endless wars and he is bringing about peace and prosperity, promoting our ally, Israel, normalizing relations with Arab states,” Deputy White House press secretary Brian Morgenstern said on Fox News on Friday. “Really tremendous developments and also isolating those who want to do harm and cause violence and dysfunction, isolating actors like Iran.”