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The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a historic peace agreement at the White House Tuesday, agreeing to normalize relations with Israel. The historic accords were brokered by the Trump administration as part of its plan for Middle East Peace.
“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said at the signing ceremony. “After decades of division conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East. Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.”
The agreement, dubbed the “Abraham Accords,” means the countries will establish corresponding embassies, exchange ambassadors, welcome tourists, and engage in bilateral trade relations. Trump says it’s just the start to making peace across the entire region.
“Together, these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region, something which nobody thought was possible, certainly not in this day and age, maybe in decades from now, but one founded on shared interests, mutual respect, and friendship,” Trump said.
He added, “For generations, the people of the Middle East have been held back by old conflicts, hostilities, lies, treachery, so many things held them back, actually lies that the Jews and Arabs were enemies and that Al Aqsa mosque was under attack.”
“These lies passed down from generation to generation fueled a vicious cycle of terror and violence that spread across the region and all over the world,” Trump said. “These agreements prove that the nations of the region are breaking free from the failed approaches of the past.”
“The people of the Middle East will no longer allow hatred of Israel to be fomented as an excuse for radicalism or extremism.”
President Donald Trump hosted delegations from the three countries in the Rose Garden, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirati foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed, and Bahraini foreign minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani.
“This is unimaginable a few years ago, but with resolve, determination, a fresh look at the way peace is done, this is being achieved,” Netanyahu said, thanking President Trump and his administration for negotiating the deals.
The Israeli PM emphasized that the deal is just the start to ending the Arab-Israeli conflict “once and for all.”
Emirati foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we are witnessing today a new trend that will create a better path for the Middle East. This peace accord, which is a historic achievement for the United States of America, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates will continue to have a positive impact as we believe that reverberations will be reflected across the entire region.”
Bahraini foreign minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani said, “Today’s agreement is an important first step. And it is now incumbent on us to work urgently and actively to bring about the lasting peace and security our peoples deserve,” adding that a “just” two state solution between Israelis and Palestinians can be achieved.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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