tv President Trump Middle East Leaders Sign Abraham Accord CSPAN September 20, 2020 10:03am-10:53am EDT
," which looks at president trump's foreign policy decisions. >> president trump hosted the foreign ministers from the united arab emirates and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the white house. the leaders met to signed abraham accords meant to normalize relations between israel and the two countries. this is 45 minutes. ♪ [applause] ♪
and the foreign minister of bahrain, thank you. thank you very much. we are here this afternoon to change the course of history after decades of division and 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. moments, these visionary leaders will sign the first two peace deals between israel and the arab state in more than a quarter-century. in israel's entire history that have previously been only two such agreements. now we have achieved two in a single month and there are more to follow. [applause]
pres. trump: israel, the united arab emirates, and bahrain will establish embassies, exchange to workors, and begin together to cooperate as partners. the range of sectors from tourism to trade and health care to security, they are going to work together. openedaham accords also the door for muslims around the world to visit the historic sites in israel and to jerusalem, aty in the third holiest site in his -- islam. [applause] pres. trump: together these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the region, something nobody thought was possible.
certainly not in this day and age, many of -- maybe in many decades from now, but one founded on mutual respect and friendship. to our honored guests from israel, the united arab emirates, and bahrain, congratulations on this outstanding achievement. congratulations. [applause] pres. trump: i also want to thank mike pence. thank you mike. great job. [applause] pres. trump: secretary of state mike pompeo. mike, thank you very much. [applause] pres. trump: national security advisor robert o'brien. robert, thank you. [applause] pres. trump: mr. jared kushner, jared, thank you very much. [applause] pres. trump: ambassador brian
hook, thank you very much, brian. thank you. thank you. and i'll be berkowitz. thank you very much. [applause] pres. trump: i want to give a very special thanks, he has been an incredible investor to israel, david friedman. [applause] very trump: that is a great group of people, great group of patriots. they worked so hard and again, nobody thought it could happen. they never even doubted it. i want to thank you all very much. thank you. [applause] [applause] 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.
constantly, they would say it was under attack. these lies passed down from generation to generation, fueled -- passed down from generation to generation fueled a vicious cycle of terror and violence that spread across the region and all over the world. these agreements prove the nations of the region are breaking free from the failed approaches of the past. today's signing sets history on a new course, and there will be other countries very, very soon that will follow these great leaders. [applause] the people of the middle east will no longer allow hatred of israel to be an excuse for radicalism or extremism, and they'll no longer allow the great destiny of their region to be denied. on my first foreign trip, as president, i had the honor of addressing the leaders of more than 54 arab and muslim nations
in saudi arabia. my message that day was very simple, i urged the nations of the middle east to set aside their differences, unite against the common enemy of civilization, and work together toward the noble aims of security and prosperity. i offered america's friendship. i offered america's help, but i said clearly the nations of the regions had to decide what kind of a future they wanted for their children and for their families, and for their nation itself. no one could make that choice for them. they had to do that themselves. today, the world sees that they're choosing cooperation over conflict, friendship over emnity, prosperity over despair. they are choosing a future where everyone can live together, pray together, and dream together
side by side in harmony, community, and peace. once again, let me congratulate the people of israel, the people of the united arab emirates, and the people of the kingdom of bahrain. god bless you all. this is an incredible day for the world. this is a wonderful and beautiful occasion. i want to thank all of the members of congress for being here. senators, congressmen, congresswomen, we appreciate it so much. everybody wanted to be here. it's a very important day for the world. it's a very important day for peace. before the parties sign the accords, i would like to ask prime minister netanyahu to say a few words, followed by the foreign minister of the united arab emirates, and the foreign minister of bahrain. thank you very much. it's a great honor. thank you.
netanyahu: our dear friend, president trump, first lady, melania trump, thank you for hosting me, my wife, sarah, and our entire delegation on this historic day. i want to recognize vice president pence, secretary pompeo, national security adviser o'brien, and other cabinet members, jared kushner, ambassador freedman, and other members of the president's peace team, senators, members of congress, as well as all the counterparts and gathered here
-- counterparts and dignitaries gathered here on this sunny day. i want to also express my gratitude for all israelis who worked for years, sometimes in less sunny climates, to bring this day, and i thank each and every one of you. thank you. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, mr. president, this day is a pivot of history. it heralds a new dawn of peace. for thousands of years, the jewish people have prayed for peace. for decades, the jewish state has prayed for peace. and this is why, today, we're filled with such profound gratitude. i'm grateful to you, president trump, for your decisive leadership. you have unequivocally stood by israel's side.
you boldly confronted the tyrants of tehran, you brokered successfully the historic peace we are sending today, a peace that has broad support in israel, in america, in the middle east, indeed, in the entire world. [applause] i'm grateful to the crown prince of the united arab emirates, and foreign minister, abdullah bin zayed. [applause] yournk you both for leadership and for working with the united arab emirates to expand the circle of peace. i am grateful -- [applause]
i'm grateful to king hamad of bahrain and to you, the foreign minister, for joining us -- [applause] -- joining us in bringing hope to all the children of abraham. [applause] to all of israel's friends in the middle east, those who are with us today and those who will join us tomorrow, i say peace unto thee. shalom. [applause] and you heard from the president that he has already lined up more and more countries. this was unimaginable a few years ago. but with resolve, determination, a fresh look at the way peace is done, this is being achieved.
thank you, mr. president. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, the people of israel well know the price of war. i know the price of war. i was wounded in battle. a fellow soldier, a very close friend of mine, died in my arms. my brother lost his life while leading his soldiers to rescue hostages held by terrorists. my parents grieve over the loss my parents' grief over the
loss of my brother was unrelieved until their dying day. over the years, when i've come to console the families of israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror, i have seen that same grief countless times. and this is why i'm so deeply moved to be here today. for those who bare the wounds of war cherish the blessings of peace. [applause] and the blessings of the peace we make today will be enormous. first, because this peace will eventually expand to include other arab states. and ultimately, it can end the arab/israeli conflict once and for all. [applause] second, because the great
economic benefits of our partnership will be felt throughout our region, and they will reach every one of our citizens. third, because this is not only a peace between leaders, it's a peace between peoples, israelis, emiratis and bahrainis are already embracing one another. we're eager to invest in a future of partnership, prosperity, and peace. we have already begun to cooperate on combating corona, and i'm sure together, we can find solutions to many problems that afflict our region and beyond. so despite the many challenges and hardships that we all face, despite all that, let us pause for a moment to appreciate the remarkable day. -- this remarkable day. let us rise above any political
divide. let us put all cynicism aside. let us feel, on this day, the pulse of history. for long after the pandemic has gone, the peace we make today will endure. ladies and gentlemen, i have devoted my life to securing israel's place among the nations, to ensure the future of the one and only jewish state. to accomplish that goal, i worked to make israel strong, very strong. for history has taught us that strength brings security, strength brings allies, and ultimately -- and this is something president trump has --d again and again ultimately, strength brings peace. [applause] king david expressed this basic
truth thousands of years ago in our eternal capital, jerusalem. his prayer immortalized in the book of psalms in the bible echoes from our glorious past and guides us towards a brilliant future. may god give strength to his people. may god bless his people with peace. mr. president, distinguished guests, this week is rosh hashanah, the jewish new year, and what a blessing we bring to this new year. a blessing of friendship, a blessing of hope, a blessing of peace. thank you. [applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen, his highness, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the united arab emirates. [applause] >> mr. president, mr. prime minister, and my friend, >> ladies and gentlemen, his highness, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the united arab emirates. [applause] >> mr. president, mr. prime minister, and my friend, distinguished guests, let me start by conveying the best regards of the uae people and the leadership. and especially to you, mr. president, and everyone gathered here today.
i'll continue my speech in arabic, and i'm sure there will be translations to that. -- translation to that. arabic]g translator: i stand here today to extend the hand of peace and receive the hand of peace. in our faith, we say, oh god, you are peace, from you comes peace. the search for peace is an innate principle, yet principles are effectively realized when they are transformed into action. today, we are already witnessing
worked hard and sincere sincerely for us all to reach here. most notably, my counterpart, secretary of state, mike pompeo, and jared kushner, senior adviser to the president of the united states, and all those who are genuine about the principles of peace in the united states who have strived to realize this major achievement, thank you. [applause] >> [speaking arabic] translator: your excellency, prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, prime minister of the state of israel, thank you for choosing peace and for halting the annexization of palestinian
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 -- positive impact, as we believe that its reverb bracesh -- that it will reverberate and be reflected on the entire region. any other option would signify destruction, poverty, and human suffering. this new vision that is beginning to take shape as we meet today full of youthful energy is not a slogan that we raise for political gain. as everyone looks for wasrd to -- for a more -- to aeryone looks forward
more stable, prosperous, and secure future. [applause] >> [speaking arabic] translator: at a time when science is prevailing, the region's youth are looking forward to taking part in this great humanitarian movement. we are pleased that the united arab emirates will be part of the momentum towards stability and the growth of human potential in a new civilized approach that opens wide the doors of opportunity for those who look forward towards peace, prosperity, and the future. our societies today possess the foundation of modern human development, such as
translator: the uae believes the role of the united states in the middle east is positive, and this is evidenced by the accord we're signing today at the white house, for which you have taken the lead and will remain a beacon in human history for all peace-loving people around the world. and as for us, in the united arab emirates, this accord will enable us to stand by the palestinian people and realize their hopes for an independent state within a stable and prosperous region. this accord builds upon previous peace agreements signed by arab nations with the state of israel. the aim of all these treaties is to work towards stability and sustainable development. >> [speaking arabic]
translator: in this difficult year, when the world is suffering from the repercussions of the covid-19 pandemic, my country, the united arab emirates, have reinforced its -- has reinforced its humanitarian commitments established by our nation's founding father, who told us that standing with others, regardless of the religious or -- of their religious or ethnic affiliation, is a humanitarian duty and a firm principle. [applause]
>> [speaking arabic] translator: during this difficult time, the united arab emirates was able to launch a probe to mars. the hope probe represents hope that our region is capable of advancement and progress, if governments and people embrace science. after the united arab emirates sent an astronaut last year to reach the international space station and launched a peaceful nuclear power plant, this accord opened up prospects for a comprehensive peace in the region. >> [speaking arabic]
[applause] translator: ladies and gentlemen, peace requires courage and shaping the future requires knowledge. -- requires courage, and shaping the future requires knowledge. the advancement of nations requires sincerity and persistence. we have come together to tell -- today to tell the world that this is our approach, and that peace is our guiding principle. those will begin things in the right way will reap bright achievements with the grace of god. thank you. [applause]
pres. trump: thank you very much, thank you. >> with the grace of god, sir. >> ladies and gentlemen, the minister of the foreign affairs of the kingdom of bahrain. [applause] >> mr. president, the first lady, prime minister, your highness, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. today, today is truly a historic occasion. a moment of hope and opportunity for all the peoples of the middle east. and in particular, for the millions in our younger generations. the declaration supporting peace between bahrain and the state of
israel is an historic step on the road to lasting peace and security across the region and for all who live there regardless of religion, sect, ethnicity, or ideology. [applause] for too long, the middle east has been set back by conflict and mistrust, thwarting the -- causing untold destruction and thwarting the potential of generations of our best and brightest young people. now, i'm convinced we have the opportunity to change that. today's declaration was made possible by the vision, courage, and commitment of his majesty
, who, supported by -- [applause] -- supported by the people of bahrain, has protected institutionalized and enhanced bahrain's centuries old spirit of coexistence and harmony. and has the wisdom to recognize that genuine cooperation is the most effective means to achieve peace and safeguard legitimate rights. thank you, your majesty, for this vision of peace for the region based on trust, respect, and understanding between all faiths, races, and nations. to our brothers in the united arab emirates, i congratulate
you on your own momentous peace accord being signed today by israel. -- with israel. his highness has shown great leadership and foresight to make peace possible and secure a brighter future for our region. [applause] for the state of israel and prime minister netanyahu, we welcome and appreciate these steps from you and your government recognizing that enduring peace and security is only possible through a genuine engagement that protects the rights and interests of countries and peoples in the region. [applause] in particular, i want to express my deep appreciation to president, donald trump.
[applause] and his administration. mr. president, your statesmanship and tireless efforts have brought us here today and made peace a reality. [applause] and to secretary pompeo, senior adviser, jared kushner, and special representative, avi, who has -- [applause] -- and others, many others, who have carried out their mandates with dedication and skill. ladies and gentlemen, today's agreement is an important first step, and it is now incumbent upon us to work urgently and
actively to bring about the lasting peace and security our people deserve. a just, comeprehensive, and enduring two-state solution to the palestinian/israeli conflict will be the foundation, the bedrock of such peace. we have shown today -- [applause] we have shown today that such a path is possible. even realistic. what was only dreamed of a few years ago is now achievable and -- is now achievable, and we can see before us a golden opportunity for peace, security, and prosperity for our region. let us, together, and with our international partners, waste no time in seizing it. thank you.
>> thank you. >> god bless you. >> congratulations. >> congratulations. >> the president of the united states, the prime minister of the state of israel, and the minister of the foreign affairs of the kingdom of bahrain will now sign the declaration of peace. they will each sign three copies. one in english, hebrew, and arabic. we kindly ask that all guests remain seated for the signing of the documents. [cameras shuttering]
>> the president of the united states, the prime minister of the state of israel, his highness, the minister of foreign affairs and the minister of the foreign affairs of the kingdom of bahrain, will now sign the abraham accords. they will each sign four copies. one in english, one in hebrew, and two in arabic.
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