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US President Donald Trump announces peace deal between Bahrain and Israel

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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa the Crown Prince of Bahrain in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 16 2019. Credit Official White House

The normalization announcement from Bahrain comes a few weeks after the much-hyped Middle East visit of Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law.

Analysts say Trump secured another political victory just before the U.S. presidential election to bring pro-Israel Christians to his court.

At the Arab League on Wednesday, the Palestinians sought but did not obtain a condemnation of the UAE-Israel accord from fellow members.

"They care that Israel is strong, that Israel is victorious and triumphant, and that Israel not retreat from any territory for their own theological reasons", said Elgindy.

For many, it was no more than a betrayal of the so-called Palestinian cause and some have even taken to Twitter to vent anger at the decision under the hashtag #BahrainisAgainstNormalisation, or #بحرينيون_ضد_التطبيع.

His comments came after Bahrain agreed to normalize ties with Israel as part of a diplomatic push by US President Donald Trump.

Bahrain, a tiny island nation that is home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, is regarded in some ways as an extension of Saudi Arabia, partly because they are physically linked by a causeway but also because the Bahraini monarchy is heavily reliant on Riyadh.

Saudi acquiescence to the agreements had been considered key to the deals.

11 that Trump has brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel, making it the second such agreement between Israel and an Arab nation in less than a month.

He added, "I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow".

In the UAE, Hend al-Otaiba, director of strategic communications at the foreign ministry, sent congratulations to Bahrain and Israel.

"The imprudent leaders in [the] UAE, Bahrain must not pave the way for the Zionist schemes", he wrote.

News of the announcement garnered approval from some, like Egyptian Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who called it an "important step" on the way to establishing, "Peace and stability in the Middle East, in a way that achieves a just and permanent settlement of the Palestinian issue".

"If you side with Iran, you'll lose Saudi Arabia".

Like the UAE, Bahrain has never fought a war against Israel and doesn't share a border with it.

Saeb Erekat, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said today that the Arab people, including in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, reject normalization with the occupation state, Israel, expressing gratitude for their stance.

While the Emirates has stated that the deal was predicated on Israel freezing its plan to annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly said that annexation was still on the table.

While the UAE's population remains small and the federation has no tradition of standing up to the country's autocracy, Bahrain represents a far-different country.

Bahrain, spread over just 760 square kilometers, is afraid of Iranian attacks.

By contrast, both the UAE and Bahrain are monarchies that can more easily repress any domestic opposition.

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