Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he was "not surprised that the Palestinian terrorists fired at Israel precisely during this historic ceremony", following his comments just shortly before his return to Israel from the United States, as quoted by Reuters. The administration is betting the agreements signed Tuesday will further isolate Palestinians from the rest of the Arab world.
"After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East", Trump said as the signing ceremony began.
"MORE countries to follow!" wrote the USA leader, who hopes the peace deal will boost his reelection chances in November.
News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell insisted in her reporting on Tuesday evening that the Abraham Accords signed by Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain don't amount to "Middle East peace".
But that was basically an opening for the Trump administration to say, you know what? For thousands of years, the Jewish people have prayed for peace. "We will strike at all those who raise a hand to harm us, and we will reach out to all those who extend the hand of peace to us".
One hit the southern port city of Ashdod, wounding at least two people, emergency services said. They won't say that outwardly. US House Speaker Pelosi issued a statement on Tuesday promising that the Congress "will be watching and monitoring" to ensure that Israel can maintain its qualitative military advantage in the Middle East in light of the potential deal.
Yet even the harshest critics have allowed that they could usher in a seismic shift in the region should other Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, follow suit, with implications for Iran, Syria and Lebanon.
He thanked Netanyahu for "halting the annexation of the Palestinian territories".
"Today is a truly historic occasion".
"While Israel is largely driven by security interests and could deepen cooperation with the UAE to counter mutual threats - including the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran's Axis of Resistance, and other Arab and African countries - the UAE seeks to amplify its power projection across the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the eastern Mediterranean, enhancing its posture vis-à-vis Iran and Turkey, and bolstering the connectivity of its maritime assets for economic gains", according to Ibrahim Jalal of the Middle East Institute. "For too long, the Middle East has been set back by conflict and mistrust, causing untold destruction" which continually dashed the hopes of the "youngest and brightest" of the Middle East.
ESTRIN: Oh, yeah. I mean, everyone gets to play a role in this big spectacle that's very important to President Trump.
He may not want to be seen throwing too much of his support behind Trump weeks ahead of a United States presidential election in which the outcome is far from certain. "We have shown today that such a path is possible, even realistic. We hope that the day will come when the Palestinian Authority itself will be prepared to achieve a permanent peace with the State of Israel for the benefit of all people in the region". That was followed by the first direct commercial flight between the countries, and then the September 11 announcement of the Bahrain-Israel agreement.
In Tel Aviv, the word "peace" alternately flashed in English, Hebrew and Arabic on the outside of the city's municipal building.
"It heralds a new dawn of peace", he said. Signing off, the blogger from Abu Dhabi smiled broadly and said, "We will forget what happened before, we will open a new book and we will be brothers and friends forever Inshallah!" before winking out.
"They're very wealthy countries for the most part, like the UAE, and they would like to buy the fighter jets, and I personally would have no problem with it", Mr Trump said.
Netanyahu has made similar claims, albeit not as specific.
Arab countries have long called for Israel's withdrawal from already illegally occupied land, a just solution for Palestinian refugees and a settlement that leads to the establishment of a viable, independent Palestinian state in exchange for establishing ties with it.