Team Trump-mediated peace deals that Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates will sign on Tuesday will not end Middle East problems, but they are big steps in that direction – exactly the opposite of what the left predicted about President Trump’s approach.
On Friday, Trump announced that Bahrain agreed to normalize relations with Israel, just one month after the United Arab Emirates did the same. Kudos to these nations – and to the President.
Even the bitterly anti-Trump New York Times admits that this “leaves the possibility” more Arab states will bring peace.
The fact is that the Trump strategy broke through outdated assumptions on the Palestinian-Israeli front and moved past Palestinian refusals to make peace and threats of violence.
Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moved the U.S. embassy there, and recognized the Jewish state̵
Democrats and foreign policy hands blew Trump for all this and assured everyone that it would trigger disaster. Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted that the embassy’s movement would “trigger mass protests, create tensions and make it harder to achieve lasting peace.” Nine of 11 former U.S. ambassadors to Israel called it “dangerous” or “deeply flawed,” the Times reported. (Oops)
Joe Biden still calls it a mistake (though one he would not regret). He also warned that Israel’s Trump-blessed plan to annex parts of the West Bank “would stifle any hope of peace.” Ha! It turned out to be an important negotiating chip that Israel abandoned for its UAE agreement.
Some experts even believe that Palestinians can now finally see the need to get on board.
Trump’s other Mideast movements, such as removing Iranian terror chief General Qassem Soleimani, have drawn similar grim warnings. Yet events still show that critics have no idea what they are talking about.