It was the living embodiment of a cable news split-screen, as we glanced at the headlines popping up on our phones with trepidation, while listening to the officials on the White House’s balcony.
The sun shone brightly on the White House’s South Lawn, where hundreds gathered to witness history, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, the third and fourth ever between Israel and Arab states, witnessed by US President Donald Trump.
Politicians, rabbis and Jewish community leaders chatted, while the politicians met in the Oval Office.
The president and his wife Melania Trump greeted Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, outside the West Wing. None of the four wore a mask, but they didn’t shake hands.
Inside the Oval Office, Netanyahu looked overjoyed to be there with Trump, who handed him a “key to the White House” and called him a “great leader.”