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Trump announces historic Israel-UAE peace deal

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President Trump brokered a peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates via phone call today, the first peace accord between the Jewish state and an Arab state in nearly three decades. The deal lands a mortal blow to Iran’s plans to dominate the region and rearranges the Middle East game board in America’s favor.

It’s the most significant U.S. foreign policy victory in the Middle East since Jordan agreed to a peace deal with Israel in 1994. It also repairs a significant amount of damage done by the U.S. invasion and liberation of Iraq.   

“By uniting two of America’s closest and most capable partners in the region, something which said could not be done, this deal is a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East,” Trump said from the Oval Office according to Politico.

Normal relations can help both countries by establishing diplomatic relations, trade ties, investment and facilitating travel with direct flights.  

The three countries — the U.S., Israel and the UAE — to some extent are also making common cause against regional boogeyman, Iran, with the peace accord. The Gulf States worry that Iran is a bigger threat to Middle East peace than Israel is. Israel and the U.S. are the only two countries that are willing to stand up against Iran in the region.

Trump said that after re-election he would be able to make a peace agreement with Iran within 30 days.

“Trump said the Iranians are ‘dying to make a deal,’ but would prefer that it be with the Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden, ‘because that would be like a dream’ for them,” reports the Jerusalem Post.

Iran is suffering from the U.S. imposed sanctions for trying to build nuclear weapons and has been severely impacted by the coronavirus as one of China’s closest allies.

“The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. Working together, these efforts will help save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region” said a statement by all three countries in a jab to both China and Iran.

The victory was particularly sweet for Trump as his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, serves as the president’s special adviser on Middle East Peace.  

“Trump called the diplomatic breakthrough a ‘labor of love for a lot of people in the room,’ speaking to how it is also an achievement for Special Adviser to the President, Jared Kushner, who heads the Middle East peace team, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz, who worked behind the scenes in recent months to promote normalization between Israel and the Arab world, and FUS Ambassador to Israel David Friedman,” says the Jerusalem Post.

American sources say that they think it’s likely other Arab states will now explore peace with Israel in a wholesale reorganization of the Middle East, undoing the damage done by Obama in negotiating with Iran.

Trump-negotiated peace accords with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and (less likely) Qatar could consummate with Israel within the next few months.

Democrat nominee Joe Biden was, to some extent, caught flat-footed regarding the agreement, saying: “The UAE’s offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave and badly-needed act of statesmanship. Annexation would be a bloody blow to the course of peace, which is why I oppose it now and would oppose it as president.”

The peace accord that Trump negotiated says that Israel will suspend annexation of land claimed by the Palestinians.

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