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Trump presides as Israel, 2 Arab states sign historic pacts

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is presiding over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics.

Tuesday's ceremony attracted hundreds to the South Lawn of the White House.

Trump hopes it will depict him as a peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign.

The agreements formalize the normalization of the Jewish state's already warming relations with the two countries -- and could pave the way for a broader Arab-Israeli rapprochement after decades of enmity.

By DEB RIECHMANN, MATTHEW LEE and JONATHAN LEMIRE
Associated Press

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