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Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, walked out of the General Assembly during a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday in which he castigated Israel.

“The dirty hand that reaches the privacy of Jerusalem, where the sacred places of the three great religions coexist, is constantly increasing its audacity,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan criticized the peace agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, while commending the Palestinians for standing up to “Israel’s policies of violence and intimidation for more than half a century.”

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According to media reports, Israeli government and business leaders flew to Bahrain on Wednesday in order to finalize the normalization treaty signed last week but he two countries in Washington D.C. last week.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa spoke by phone and apparently arranged the high-level delegation trip. During the call Salman “underscored the importance of securing regional and international stability and enhancing efforts to support peace in the region,” according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency.

The two leaders reiterated the content of the so-called Abraham Accords that both nations signed on Sept. 15.

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The biggest news in Israel this week was the signing of a historic peace agreement between Israel and two Gulf states — the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — at a distinguished ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the event at the White House promising, “there are more nations to follow.”

“We are very far down the road with about five. Frankly we could’ve had them here today…. at least five or six countries are coming through very quickly,” Trump predicted repeatedly in interviews throughout the day.

“You’re going to have peace in the Middle East without being stupid and shooting everybody, and killing everybody, and having blood all over the sand,” he said in a Fox News interview.

Trump even predicted that the Palestinians would eventually “come along” as well. 

Trump led Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed (ABZ) and Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the foreign minister of Bahrain, onto a balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. These two countries became the third and fourth Arab states to agree to full diplomatic relations with Israel after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

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The historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — called the Abraham Accord — is set to be signed next week in a Washington ceremony on Sept. 15 with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Affairs Minister, the crown prince’s brother, Abdullah bin Zayed.

Presiding over the deal his administration brokered will be U.S. President Donald Trump who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize for this.

“No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde told The Associated Press.

Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, said the agreement “opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.”

Remember, Obama got the Nobel prize for just getting elected and giving a speech in Cairo that bore no fruit and in fact created instability in the Middle East and North Africa. He should return it—and the $1,000,000 he got as a result.

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Israeli lawmakers passed a last-minute deal extending the deadline to arrive at a national budget and avoid a government collapse on Monday which would have forced the country to a fourth round of elections in one and half years. 

The bill does not present a budget, but rather delays the deadline for voting on one for another 120 days. The same drama could play out come the new deadline — Dec. 23 — if the coalition fails to pass a budget by then.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz both rallied their respective parties to support the bill, breaking a bitter stalemate, at least for now. Netanyahu has been seeking to pass a one-year budget while Gantz, the alternate prime minister in the unity government, was pushing for a two-year budget which would presumably ensure himself the premiership in November 2021, one of the conditions of the unity government. 

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