It may be time for the Nobel Prize Committee to award President Trump its prize for promoting peace.
The president achieved a major foreign policy success Thursday by brokering a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a significant step toward bridge-building in a historically troubled region.
The agreement, the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States, calls for Israel to "suspend declaring sovereignty" in the West Bank, an area it’s been considering annexing, in return for "full normalization of relations" between the two countries, senior White House officials said.
The deal also firms up opposition to Iran, which all three countries believe is the greatest impediment to peace in the region.
Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell told Newsmax TV that the agreement was an achievement in "our decades long pursuit of peace in the Middle East."
Negotiations among the three countries was accelerated in recent weeks, and culminated in the agreement that was sealed in a Thursday conference call between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
"HUGE breakthrough today!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning. "Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates."
The UAE became the first Gulf country and only the third in the Arab world, after Jordan and Egypt, to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
Surprisingly, MSNBC, certainly no friend of the president, offered praise for the agreement, with the cable news network’s Craig Melvin calling it "a diplomatic breakthrough."
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also applauded the deal, and credited the president and vice president — specifically President Obama and Vice President Biden, according to NBC News national political reporter Josh Lederman.
"Biden statement praises Israel/UAE deal while framing it as bilateral (rather than emphasizing US role),” Lederman reported. "Biden also takes partial credit, saying the deal builds on efforts of ‘multiple administrations . . . including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration.'"
Trump campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark set the record straight.
"Joe Biden failed Israel and empowered Iran during his eight years in office," Clark said. "The Israel-UAE deal President Trump just brokered is a historic game-changer that secures peace while containing Iran."
Another Obama administration alumni, Ben Rhodes, Obama’s former deputy national security advisor, also attempted to cast shade on the agreement by claiming it was essentially no big deal.
"This agreement enshrines what has been the emerging status quo in the region for a long time (including the total exclusion of Palestinians)," Rhodes tweeted. "Dressed up as an election eve achievement from two leaders who want Trump to win."
The only Obama administration’s big diplomatic win was the Iran nuclear deal, which didn’t stop Iran from enriching weapons-grade nuclear material and required the delivery of pallet loads of billions in cash to Iran.
Also, if the agreement that was brokered Thursday was truly no big deal, why didn’t the Obama administration do it?
Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Doran laughed and surmised what Rhodes was really going through.
"His guts are twisted in knots," Doran said. "Today was supposed to be a Biden-Harris news day, and instead everyone is talking about a major Trump foreign policy success. To make matters worse, the conceptual paradigms of Progressives can't explain that success."
Other Trump foreign policy breakthroughs promoting peace include:
- Obama promised to meet with rouge leaders, but only Trump did (with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un)
- Trump has been exerting maximum pressure on Iran
- Trump has nearly decimated the Islamic State in an effort to restore peace
- He cut off the head of the Islamic state by killing its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- Trump approved the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who’d spread chaos and terror throughout the Mideast
- He’s been steadily bringing troops back home from the region
- Trump brokered a peace agreement between the Kurds and Turkey
The Nobel prize committee awarded former President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, his first year in office, and before he’d actually accomplished anything other than memorizing the location of the White House lavatories.
Two years earlier former Vice President Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for making wildly cataclysmic climate predictions that never came to pass.
Maybe this time around the committee might consider awarding its highest honor for an actual accomplishment — or in this case, accomplishments.
Just a thought.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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