Yesterday, President Trump in a joint announcement with Israel and the UAE announced a peace deal that restores full normalization between the two Middle Eastern countries.
Joe Biden praised the deal but only because he wanted to claim credit for the deal.
Biden claims that it was his work in meeting directly with representatives of Israel and the UAE set up the peace deal that was signed yesterday. But is there any truth to that at all? Not really. If there was a deal to be reached, the Obama/Biden administration had eight years to do it in and Obama was the most anti-Semitic president since Jimmy Carter.
The coming together of Israel and Arab states builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli opening, including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative. I personally spent time with leaders of both Israel and UAE during our administration building the case for cooperation and broader engagement and the benefits it could deliver to both nations, and I am gratified by today’s announcement.
Boxer Jerry Quarry fought both Ali and Frazier but lost both fights. Ali and Frazier went on to lose fights, could Quarry take credit for those losses? According to Joe Biden’s logic he could. But losing is not the impetus of success. A football team does not get credit for a touchdown because they made it to the ten-yard line.
The most exciting thing about the peace deal that was made yesterday is that no one wanted to be the first to make peace with Israel. Now that someone has already taken the step, it will be easier for other countries, especially enemies of Iran to do the same. In fact, President Trump said there could be another treaty in a matter of days.
In fact, the Israel-UAE peace deal was impossible during the Obama-Biden administration, for two reasons. The first was that Obama and Biden insisted on criticizing and condemning Israel, creating “distance” between the U.S. and the Israeli government. Biden himself was the administration’s point man in attacking Israel over its housing policy in Jerusalem.
The second reason was the Iran nuclear deal. The “agreement” — which was never signed by anyone — allowed Iran to become a nuclear power after a decade or so, and did nothing to stop Iran from threatening the Sunni Arab states. The U.S. lost leverage with the Sunni Arab states as a result. To the extent Israel and the UAE moved closer during the Obama-Biden administration, that was because the U.S. allowed the Iranian regime to become a greater threat to both.
The main difference between the liberals and my President Donald Trump is that liberals promise but Trump delivers.