Israelis are greeting the signing of the historic normalization accords with the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The official signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords was held on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump presided over the event, which was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Bahrain‘s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.
The municipality of Jerusalem heralded the occasion with the projection of flags belonging to all four countries on the ancient walls of the Old City at nightfall.
One resident of the capital, Gabriela Ashkenazi, told Reuters, “I am happy and excited, especially right now when it’s been a very difficult and messy year because all of the Corona morbidity. We are very happy to have some good international news and I indeed hope that it’s going to be, that there are going to be more positive relations between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries and hoping for a peaceful coming next year.”
Jerusalemite resident Eliyahu Green commented that he believed the breakthrough “will be good for Israel and for the Arab countries” because “they need peace and we need peace,” concluding that “in the long run, it’s very good – for the whole world.”