First of its kind: UAE, Bahrain channels share live broadcast with Israeli channel

First of its kind: UAE, Bahrain channels share live broadcast with Israeli channel

News channels from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel shared a live broadcast for the first time in history after the two Arab Gulf states signed treaties normalizing ties with Israel on Tuesday.

“After the signing of the peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, we witness the first TV broadcast of its kind between an Emirati channel, Dubai TV, an Israeli channel, Channel 12, and a Bahraini channel, Bahrain TV,” Dubai TV presenter Mohammed al-Kaabi said at the start of the broadcast.

A signing ceremony for the US-brokered peace deals was held in Washington, DC on Tuesday at the White House.

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain’s FM Abdullatif Al Zayani and UAE FM Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan wave from the White House balcony, Sept. 15, 2020. (Reuters)Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain’s FM Abdullatif Al Zayani and UAE FM Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan wave from the White House balcony, Sept. 15, 2020. (Reuters)

“Welcome. From the White House garden to the Middle East, the wind of peace is blowing in this important day in the Arab-Israeli conflict. For the first time in history, a live broadcast from Israeli Channel 12 and the official channels of the UAE, Dubai TV, and Bahrain TV. We send you peace from Jerusalem,” Israeli news anchor Yonit Levi said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2020. (Reuters)Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2020. (Reuters)

The UAE was the first Gulf country, and the third in the Arab world, to normalize ties with Israel, and Bahrain announced shortly after it would follow the UAE’s lead.

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