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President Trump achieved a diplomatic milestone Thursday, leading the United Arab Emirates and Israel to establish a full normalization of relations. This is more bad news for the Iranian regime as well as the dead-end supporters of Obama’s nuclear deal.
“The historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region,” according to a joint statement, “and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region.”
To achieve the deal, Israel will suspend annexing parts of the West Bank and will instead focus on improving ties throughout the Middle East.
“This shows us the dramatic change that we made in the status of Israel in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said. “For decades Israel was always symbolized as an enemy…but today many countries see Israel as a strategic ally.”
“Peace between the Arabs and the Israelis is Iran’s worst nightmare,” said Brian Hook, the special envoy for Iran. Hook leads Trump’s full-spectrum pressure campaign against Iran.
The UAE joins Egypt and Jordan as the third Muslim-majority nation to normalize relations with Israel and is the first Gulf Arab state to do so. This will push other regional players such as Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia to consider following their lead.
Bahrain, a close ally of Saudi Arabia, immediately welcomed the accord and praised US leadership in securing it.
While a peace accord should make everyone happy, many Democrats are glum. “We won’t be fooled by another Trump/Netanyahu deal” anti-Israel congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted. “We won’t celebrate Netanyahu for not stealing land he already controls in exchange for a sweetheart business deal. The heart of the issue has never been planned, formal annexation, but ongoing, devastating apartheid.”
Iran deal architect/van driver Ben Rhodes claimed “the agreement enshrines what has been the emerging status quo in the region for a long time (including the total exclusion of Palestinians). Dressed up as an election eve achievement from two leaders who want Trump to win.”
The son of John “Give Peace a Chance” Lennon captured their intransigence well.
Hooray for the Peace deal between Israel and UAE! Wait…what? Trump negotiated it? I meant Boooo! I hate peace, peace is bad! Us dems have always been against peace deals right? Yeah that’s the ticket.
— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) August 13, 2020