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Tuesday, the United States, headed by the efforts of the Trump Administration, ushered in a new era of Arab-Israeli peace. A pair of historic agreements formalized diplomatic relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain marked a major geopolitical shift in the Middle East that was previously considered nearly unthinkable. It was especially notable for President Trump, whom many in the elite political sphere of global politics and the upper echelons of the ambassador class of Washington DC consider a dimwitted rube.
The first treaty and establishment of normalized relations between Israel and an Arab country was Egypt in 1979. The next was Jordan in 1994. Tuesday marked the passing of 26 years for more nations to join, and momentum is building for a wave of nations to join agreements establishing a new alliance for peace and stability in the Middle East. Aside from the momentous historical significance, it indisputably proved the Democrats and their circus-clown jesters in the media are against peace in the Middle East and are hostile foes to Israel.
Lately, the cable news outlets, excluding Fox News, have not covered live events at the White House nor the President’s speeches. But the enormity of the Abraham Accords couldn’t justify ignoring them. So how did the media choose to cover this “pivot of history” that “heralds a new dawn of peace” as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it? CNN covered the White House ceremony with a picture of the White House South Lawn framed for their ongoing COVID fear-hysterics with the graphic “White House Event with Large Crowd, Little Social Distancing.”
The foreign policy “experts” responded by trying to out-do each other with bad takes. Max Boot replayed one of his “Orange Man Bad” Greatest Hits columns, headlined, “Despite the UAE-Israel deal, Trump will leave the Middle East an even bigger mess than he found it.” The New York Times ran with “President Trump said the agreements to normalize relations were ‘the dawn of a new Middle East,’ but some analysts said his claims were overblown.”
But this is predictable, considering everything Trump advocates creates such a strong, opposing knee-jerk reaction, frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if Democrats are actually socially distancing just to keep from kicking each other. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the agreements as just a “distraction” by the President from the COVID pandemic and went on to complain further that the Palestinian issue wasn’t addressed.
This absurdity from the left is a natural progression considering the Trump Administration achieved undeniable foreign policy success the way he has done it in other aspects of his Presidency: very unconventionally. And nothing makes the permanent bureaucracy and unelected policy makers and wisdom-wielders angrier than an outsider coming in and beating them at their own game. He defied all the pollsters and political insiders who said he would never be President (including the occupant of the White House at the time). And he just proved it again on Tuesday.
Two years ago, Trump’s critics told us his decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would end any chance for peace. When the region didn’t spontaneously combust like they predicted, the criticism was conveniently memory-holed. Fast-forward to recent months when the current agreement was negotiated. Many tried to convince themselves and their colleagues in the DC echo chamber that Jared Kushner, an essential figure in the negotiations, was in over his head. Some even attacked him personally, alluding to anti-Semitic tropes. They were certain the administration would fail because they didn’t approach it using the same failed policies. Imagine that!
No one could envision the success of this agreement because the Washington establishment is too entrenched in trying to accomplish new peace by old means. Previous administrations took a duel-sided approach, thinking peace and stability in the region must mean and Israeli agreement tied to the Palestinians. But why should such an approach cater to a regime (Palestine) that doesn’t want peace? Why include a regime that demands everything and negotiates nothing? Why would Democrats invalidate the success of an agreement that sidesteps the inhibitor of decades of potential peace in the region? Because they cannot stand the idea that a brokered deal cedes their argument that the Palestinian regime is not morally or politically on equal standing with Israel – or even other Arab nations in the region. Peace is nothing more than a political token, and if President Trump is the one dealing, they must be against it.
We will have to see what the next days and weeks bring to the future of Israel, the Middle East, and the anti-Israel personalities in the Democratic Party. If the pattern holds, Trump success on this issue has the potential for a major meltdown from the likes of Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and leftist activist Linda Sarsour. It knocks members of the Obama Administration on their heels as they see their crowning achievement, the Iran deal, crumble before their eyes.
Obama’s betrayal of Israel by implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, forced the Arab states to favor who they thought would be a stronger force in the region. It widened the gap between potential peace and a regional offset of the tyrannical Iranian regime. In contrast, President Trump withdrew from the JCPOA. It allowed for brokered deals independent of both Iran and Palestinian Authority demands and threats, so Arab states could negotiate in their best interest – favoring the modern, regional strength of Israel. But seeing one’s legacy destroyed, no matter how disastrous, can lead to political oddities. For Ben Rhodes, the architect of the Iran deal, it leads him to condemn peace and double-down on the insistence that Iran will be emboldened, even as they are further alienated it the region.
It’s worth keeping in mind which side of history the Democrats fall on this issue. Keep this in mind as Joe Biden insists that exiting the JCPOA was a mistake. Keep this in mind with each move towards peace in the Middle East, the Democrats hate it more and more.Published in