Gov. DeSantis travels to White House for signing of ‘Abraham Accords’ between Israel, Gulf Arab states

President Trump and leaders of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain sign the Abraham Accords at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020. Source: Screenshot

Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to the White House on Tuesday to attend the signing ceremony commencing formal recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

There was no advance word of the governor’s travel plans. Although his communications office had done a better job of late of giving timely notice of DeSantis’ daily schedule, notice that he would attend the noon ceremony arrived in reporters’ inboxes at 1:18 p.m.

Press aides had no immediate reply to a request for comment.

DeSantis also attended talks between Trump and Israeli leaders in January. The governor has often spoken of his ambition to be this country’s most pro-Israel governor, and led an economic development mission to Israel during his first year in office that included members of the independently elected Florida Cabinet.

What’s being called the Abraham Accords (so called for the parties’ adherence to Abrahamic religions) tie the economies of Israel and the Persian Gulf states. The UAE comprises seven emirates including Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The Trump administration had participated in the negotiations.

According to a Bloomberg News analysis, the accord precludes at least for the time being Israeli annexation of additional territory in the Palestinian-populated West Bank, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threated. The Palestinian leadership has denounced the pact.

Netanyahu traveled to the White House to attend the ceremony, as did the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.