Bahrain Joins UAE in Normalizing Relations With Israel

Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in normalizing relations with Israel, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday.

Bahrain has a population of 1.6 million and a GDP of $39 billion. The UAE has a population of 9.7 million and a GDP of $410 billion.

The moves is another step in bringing all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar) into normalized relations with Israel.

The US has the Middle East Strategic Alliance initiative. It is a security partnership between Gulf Cooperation Council nations, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, with the addition of Jordan and Egypt. Egypt and Jordan already had peace with Israel.

UAE and Bahrain are 20% of the GCC by population and over 25% by GDP. Saudi Arabia is 60% of the GCC.

Israel has a population of 9 million people and a GDP of nearly $400 billion.

Egypt has a population of 102 million and a GDP of $250 billion.

Jordan has a population of over 10 million and a GDP of $40 billion.

Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and UAE have a total population of over 130 million and a GDP of $1.15 trillion.

If the rest of the GCC is added then the economic block would be 175 million and a GDP of $2.3 trillion.

SOURCES- GCC, White House, Trump Twitter
Written By Brian Wang,