KELEMEN: Bahrain had already hosted an economic conference that was part of the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan. But we have tremendous enthusiasm for coming into the deal, he said. Friday morning the US president traveled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Tehran's arch rival Saudi Arabia may also be close to a deal.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden admitted Thursday that President Trump had made a positive achievement with the UAE-Israel peace deal.
Morroccan Tawheed and Islah Movement described the agreement as a betrayal to Palestinians.
At the White House Trump celebrated, calling it "a truly historic day" and "so interesting" that he was able to make the announcement on the anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks against the United States. "I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow".
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the steps necessary to achieve a "fair and comprehensive peace in the region" would have to be taken by Israel.
Analysts say Trump secured another political victory just before the United States presidential election to bring pro-Israel Christians to his court.
In addition, it became known that the Palestinian government recalled its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi concluded a peace agreement with Israel.
The joint statement said Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani would join that ceremony and sign a "historic Declaration of Peace" with Mr Netanyahu.
"There's no more powerful response to the hatred that spawned 9/11 than this agreement", Trump said.
Morocco, which has a large Jewish population and for decades has maintained secret contacts with Israel, is another likely prospect. He said he was confident there was a momentum in the direction of broader recognition of Israel.
The Palestinian cause has long cemented ties between Middle East nations with divergent interests, but amid shifting regional alliances they are increasingly isolated and in need of new friends, analysts say.
Bahrain was among the countries Kushner visited in his Middle East trip, with discussions centering around security and normalization deals in the region.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are the first Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel in over 25 years. However, Saudi Arabia, the most powerful of them, has signalled its hesitation to commit.
Riyadh will explore indirect relations with Israel until the "Saudi public is better prepared for a deeper strategic change", Bohl said.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a special adviser on global affairs for the speaker of Iran's parliament, called Bahrain's decision a great betrayal to the Islamic cause and Palestinians. The deal once again dealt a heavy blow to Palestine, which opposed restoring relations with Israel.
He added that the Palestinian people largely reject this deal, which aims at eliminating the Palestinian cause.
In a background call with reporters, Kushner said that the administration's goal is to ultimately "save the two-state solution" by acknowledging the current reality on the ground where Israeli settlers are occupying much of Palestinian land. "He kept his promise", he said.
Bahrainis opposed to their government's agreement to establish diplomatic relations with Israel vented their frustration on social media on Saturday, underlining the complexities of the Gulf's rapprochement with Israel.