Bahrain to Forge Ties With Israel, Trump Says

TEL AVIV—Bahrain and Israel will normalize ties in a U.S.-brokered deal, President Trump said Friday, advancing a broader realignment in the Middle East as Israel and Gulf Arab states find common cause against Iran. The deal signals a monumental shift in the region, where most Arab states previously had held off on making peace with … Read more

Israel, U.A.E. Pursue Economic Ties in Wake of U.S.-Brokered Breakthrough

ABU DHABI—Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to promote bilateral trade and business activity as they move to normalize ties, but pushed discussion over the thorny issue of the sale of advanced U.S. military hardware to the Emiratis to a later stage. A delegation of top Israeli and American officials were in the U.A.E. … Read more

UAE ends boycott of Israel, permits economic and financial deals

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020. The United Arab Emirates flew its first publicly announced flight to Israel on May 20, when Etihad sent medical supplies to help Palestinians cope with the coronavirus. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty … Read more

Jared Kushner says some people ‘play politics with the pandemic’ but not Trump

Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, listens to the president during a listening session with cybersecurity experts in the Roosevelt Room the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Jabin Botsford | The Washington Post | Getty Images White House senior advisor and the U.S. president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has defended the … Read more

‘You can’t turn a battleship around overnight’: Jared Kushner downplays Saudi silence on Israel-UAE deal

A deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize diplomatic ties should be celebrated as a “historic step,” despite the lack of support from Saudi Arabia, according to White House senior advisor and U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Under the accord announced Thursday, which the U.S. helped to broker, Israel agreed to … Read more