Sunday Israel marked the second anniversary of the announcement of the Abraham Accords, a historic agreement that marked the normalization of relations between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The Abraham Accords were announced on Aug. 13, 2020, and were signed a month later on Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington, D.C. The agreement was the first peace accord between Israel and another Middle Eastern nation in more than two decades.
The new relationship has led to many new partnerships between the three nations. Some of the milestones within the first two years of the accords include the mutual opening of embassies, direct flights and a variety of large business deals involving billions of new dollars in business.
The nations involved have also conducted joint military exercises, including naval drills in the Red Sea. Many of the preparations have been in advance of possible aggression by Iran, seen as a threat to both Israel and Arab states.
In addition to Bahrain and the UAE, both Sudan and Morocco have since joined in the new normalization agreement. Egypt had previously signed an agreement with Israel in 1979. Jordan signed a separate agreement with Israel in 1994.
“This is a pivot of history, a new dawn of peace,” then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House two years ago. “This is a not a peace between leaders, but a peace among peoples.”
Then-President Trump also celebrated the unprecedented event between Israel and its neighbors.
“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said from the balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”