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Trump’s Arab-Israeli Deal is Big – Biden is Shameless

trump Arab Israel mediaHaving spent time in Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), waking up to news that President Trump has managed to get those two countries – historic enemies – to ink a peace deal was riveting. Pathbreaking? Yes. Major implications? Yes. Predicted? No. Likely to garner applause from Democrats – probably not. Here is what the deal means for Americans.

Described by mainstream media as Trump’s “first genuine foreign policy success,” this deal is important to both signatories, peace prospects for the Middle East – and America’s role. See, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/uae-israel-deal-trump-s-first-genuine-foreign-policy-success-n1236769.

While 153 countries recognize Israel, which gained statehood in 1948, 31 members of the United Nations do not.  Among 22 countries of the Middle East, only Egypt and Jordan have had stable – sometimes testy – diplomatic relations with Israel.

In total, 19 of 22 Arab League members do not recognize Israel, including Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.  Of course, radical Islamic Iran does not.

But this represents a turning point. UAE has had no diplomatic relations with Israel for decades.  Notably, as early as 2009, Israel and UAE encouraged the United States to get tough on Iran, source of global terror and instability. The Obama-Biden team refused, softening relations.

This deal, by contrast, resets the table.  It opens the door to peace by breaking the code, showing how it can be done.  Put differently, the Trump team managed – working with these countries – to line up the tumblers and get a click.  That click is significant.

First, for the two countries this represents a show of acumen, persistence, commitment to peace, and diplomatic can-do.  In practical terms, the deal helps political leaders, improves trade and security relations, and represents a conscious pivot to a hopeful future.

While UAE sees the agreement as a “roadmap” for “normalization” and Israel is cautious, the idea is that Israel will “suspend” annexation of the West Bank “in return for normalizing relations with the Emirates.”  Immediate steps, according to the White House, include “bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.”

Ahead, things get brighter. “Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.”  See, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-israel-uae-peace-agreement.

Implications are many.  While caution attaches to any Middle East peace, the accord may unlock others.  Trump’s speech of May 2017 in Riyad set the tone.  He asked all parties – including dozens of Arab countries – to rethink the parameters for peace. They did. See, https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=middle+east+speech+trump+saudi&docid=607993169642326282&mid=346F7695B6F2A6EBE7B9346F7695B6F2A6EBE7B9&view=detail&FORM=VIRE.

At the same time, Trump firmly reset relations with Iran and expectations for European allies. He began to remake a world centered on the possibility of peace. He refused to legitimize Iran’s terror.  Slowly, things began to change.  Beyond positive outcomes for the deal’s signatories, this achievement has reawakening of the idea that peace is possible in the Middle East.  That alone is huge.

The second implication is that countries who dare reach peace with Israel – and with which Israel dares peace – may reap major trade, security, and diplomatic benefits, including with America. While European countries hope for permanent commitments by Israel, they are hard pressed to talk down the accord.  The US stepped up – and this one is real. See, e.g., https://guardian.ng/news/world/eu-welcomes-israel-uae-deal/.

Wider implications are worth considering.  If the US can broker a deal with UAE, who else could the Trump Administration bring to the table?  Could critical mass be reached across the Middle East, turning bilateral accords into a regional accord?  Could greater unity among Arab states on recognizing Israel tip the balance decisively against Iran?

Could European sentiments turn in favor of pressing Iran to back off terrorism, nuclear and missile development?  Could the shift begin a rethink about regional alignments with China? And could bilateral deals – trigger wider diplomatic peace initiatives in a second Trump term?

Answers to these difficult questions are unknown, yet the questions are again – for the first time in decades – relevant.  If the Trump White House, showing extraordinary patience, leadership, flexibility, and commitment – to both Arabs and Israel – can pull off such a deal, what is ahead?

Interestingly, even longtime Trump critics are muted by the enormity of the deal, some giving the President a clear nod.  In short, this is a “game changer.” It represents the sort of step that happens infrequently, once in a generation. Where the step leads is unclear, but hopeful.  Credit belongs to President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, Advisor Jerad Kushner, and Team Trump.

That said, one must touch on politics – of course.  As the Trump White House works with both nations to implement this pathbreaking deal, widen its impact in and beyond the region, and reinforce benefits for all who seek peace – which reflects on America’s commitment peace – there are always detractors and pretenders. What is new?

While Iran bashes the deal and derides peace, Democrat Joe Biden says credit belongs to him.  Wrote Biden – or someone for him – the deal stems from “efforts of the Obama-Biden administration,” adding “I personally spent time with leaders of both Israel and the UAE during our administration building the case for cooperation and broader engagement and the benefits it could deliver to both nations, and I am gratified by today’s announcement.”  Right.

My sense is words must exist in Hebrew and Arabic for this sort of behavior – shameless credit grabbing, honor stealing, and idiotic self-promotion.  Truth and trust are central to peace – which is why this deal is happening now and did not previously. A leading Muslim scholar, who hailed the Trump deal, called Biden’s claim “craven.”  Enough said. Somethings change. Others never do. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-israel-uae-peace-deal-biden-muslim-quanta-ahmed.

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1 year ago

Sleepy Joe picks a VP who slept her way to the top – a perfect pair!

Phil Hammersley
1 year ago

Hooray for our great president! Not much coverage in the lame-stream fake news media but a great advance. This came about because Trump recognized what wimpy predecessors wouldn’t– Jerusalem is THE eternal capital of Israel. So no use using false claims to scuttle peace talks!

1 year ago

I’m a “white boy” (even if I’m quite old) from the Midwest and even I know “Chutzpah” when I hear it and Biden has it by the truckload.

1 year ago

Can we all say President Kamala Harris ? That’s where Biden is going. Win and resign.
The dems presidential candidate was announced last week.

1 year ago

Bidens 9th inning walk-off homer gave the Braves tonight a win over the Nationals. What a guy

1 year ago

Biden was an idiot BEFORE he lost his mind! His accomplishments in almost 50 years of “public service” was to make he and his family very wealthy by selling influence. The only thing he was to Obama was assassination insurance. No one would dare try to harm Barry if Biden was next in line!!!

Jeanette Fenton
1 year ago

great news!

Dino Deplorable
1 year ago

But the dense oc RATS would complain if they had a mouthful of sweet tasting whipped cream.They are a bunch of sick sorry losers and after the next election it will get worse.

Dee Kramer
1 year ago

Sounds good but every time Israel gave up property for peace, it never has worked!

Ed J
1 year ago

I’m sure that if the Second Coming were scheduled for tomorrow, Biden would take all the credit for arranging the event.

1 year ago

The Democrats are pissed because They didn’t do this, nor did they bolster Israeli relations by moving our Embassy to Jerusalem! They are just as jealous as a two ear old looking at his big brothers’ bowl of ice cream, after eating his own share…

1 year ago

Geeeeeez! How can people lie like that? Goofy Joe and Obama did nothing constructive for eight years. Obama, being a Muslim, hates the Jewish people. Remember when he snubbed BeBe and wouldn’t speak to him? Obama is a dead horse. He needs to go home and keep his big mouth shut. As for Goofy Joe, I hope and pray the old-timer democrats realize that the Democratic Party they once knew DOES NOT EXIST. ITS GONE, kaput! It is now openly a full-blown socialist party with some of the most inept to insane people running it. It is a treasonous party. Pray they realize this and vote republican for everyone’s sake. MAGA-MAGA. TRUMP is our salvation.

1 year ago

Biden grasping at straws. No one with any sense believes he set this deal up. Their administration did nothing but go around and bash our country and give handouts to the likes of Iran. Give us a break. Unbelievable. Liar liar pants on fire. He and obama are pathological liars. Out to destroy our country. Evil is all they do.

Bill Brown
1 year ago

There is NO Free Press today!  Every Major New Outlet is owned by a small group of Billionaires!!  All World, and most local, News is controlled by a small Cabal!!!  Take-back OUR Country!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!  Demand DOJ file Anti-Trust Lawsuits to brake-up the News Cabal!!!!!

1 year ago

Well I guess we have to give credit to Biden/Obama they did start the ball rolling the way all democrat deals get started. We give the other side everything they want, and a big airplane full of cash. We get nothing, then after they give all the cash to their terrorist friends, the deal falls apart. Yep Biden/ Obama got the ball rolling alright!! The way all democrat deals go. Nowhere.

1 year ago

USPS: Trump wants rates on packages increased four times. This will cost almost everyone in US more money & is a knee-jerk number with no backing. Does Trump want to be known as the Prez that destroyed the USPS???Would not be good legacy so why this chaos???

Phil Hammersley
1 year ago
Reply to  JohnH

Amazon uses the now-cheap package rates to send their products. Why should the taxpayers subsidize liberal billionaires?

1 year ago

USPS snafu: Last week, postal service started removing collection boxes in at least four states. This has stopped due to complaint by Jon Tester of Montana (who Trump has bashed before). Also USPS started shutting down auto letter setting machines. What a blatant act to slow down USPS> this is going to cost someone some votes in my opinion.

Bill Brown
1 year ago

We must restore law and order!  It must start with making OUR Government Accountable to the People!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc. are all Communist Collaborators and are Anti-American!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Stop using Google, Facebook, and Instagram!!!!!  Demand DOJ file Anti-Trust Lawsuits to brake-up the Cabal!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

We are in the middle of a Communist Revolution lead by the Democrats and “The Swamp”!!  Take back OUR Country!!!  Be a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

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