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Trump's Art of the Deal in the Middle East

Greg Crosby

By Greg Crosby

Published Sept. 18, 2020

Trump's Art of the Deal in the Middle East
If you only watch local news or CNN or NBC or CBS or ABC then you will be happy to learn something new here, that this past Tuesday President Trump celebrated the signing of the "Abraham Accords."

That is the name given to perhaps the biggest peace deal to happen in the Middle East in three decades.

To be precise, the Abraham Accords is a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates brokered by the United States. The president hosted Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayan in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

"We're here this afternoon to change the course of history," The president said. "After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East." A large crowd of supporters applauded the ceremony and cheered the president's speech, again, something that you probably never saw on the network evening newscasts.

The historic deal with the three countries means that they will establish embassies in Israel, exchange ambassadors, and normalize economic relations. "They are going to work together. They are friends," President Trump said. The Abraham Accords also moves to open historic sites and holy places in Israel to Muslims, such as the Al Aqsa Mosque.

President Trump joined the three Middle Eastern leaders in signing copies of the peace accords in Arabic, English, and in Hebrew. "The people of the Middle East will no longer allow hatred of Israel to be fomented as an excuse for radicalism or extremism, so important, and they'll no longer allow the great destiny of their region to be denied," the president declared.

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This achievement, this important step towards a permanent peace in the Middle East is something that past administrations could only dream about. Barack Obama did absolutely nothing to advance peace in the area for the eight years that he occupied the White House.

In fact, I would argue that Obama and his people actually fomented more tension and hate in the region during all the time he was in office.

Last week President Trump received two nomination's for the Nobel Peace Prize, one by a Norwegian Parliament member for the president's role brokering relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to further peace in the Middle East, and an earlier nomination by a member of the Swedish Parliament recognizing President Trump and the governments of Kosovo and Serbia for advancing economic cooperation and trade talks.

Considering how far left the voting members of the Nobel Prize committee are, you can bet that in the end President Trump will not get the award, even though the president has done more for world peace than any president in our time. During his four years in office, President Trump has kept us out of expanding wars while at the same time building up our military defenses.

President Obama, on the other hand, cut money for the military to the bone while deploying troops and keeping us engaged in warfare for eight long years. But never mind all that, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, only months into his first term. And what did he do to deserve that honor? NOTHING.

Oh, except go on a world apology tour, denouncing America for all the horrible things it had done to all the other countries of the world. And maybe the fact that he was the first black man to become president of the USA had a bit to do with getting the Peace Prize too.

Even Obama himself knew that the award was a sham. Appearing on the Stephen Colbert show, when asked to list relevant awards or qualifications Obama replied, "I have almost 30 honorary degrees and I did get the Nobel Peace Prize." "Really, what was that for?" inquired Colbert. Obama said, "To be honest, I still don't know."

Interestingly, some time later Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, said that President Obama "really ought to consider" returning his Nobel Peace Prize Medal immediately, including the "really nice" case it came in. This after it became clear that Obama was not doing a thing to further world peace.

Peace Prize or not, who cares? The thing has nothing to do with achieving peace. It has been a phony leftist propaganda award for years. If I were President Trump I would paraphrase the quote from Groucho Marx and say, "Any award that was given to Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Barack Obama I respectfully decline."

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