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Nexstar Media Wire

Sep 15, 2020 / 01:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring “the dawn of a new Middle East,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday presided over the signing of historic diplomatic pacts between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that he hopes will lead to a new order in the Mideast and cast him as a peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign.

Hundreds of people amassed on the sun-washed South Lawn to witness the signing of agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The bilateral agreements formalize the normalization of the Jewish state’s already thawing relations with the two Arab nations in line with their common opposition to Iran and its aggression in the region.

“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said from a balcony overlooking the South Lawn. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”

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The New York Times a former newspaper

A Rare Middle East Triumph

And — yes — a triumph for Trump, too.

Bret Stephens

Sept. 15 2020

For years, the Trump administration’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East have been the object of relentless derision in elite foreign-policy circles, some of it justified. Yet with Friday’s announcement that Bahrain would join the United Arab Emirates as the second Arab state in 30 days to normalize ties with Israel, the administration has done more for regional peace than most of its predecessors, including an Obama administration that tried hard and failed badly.

There are lessons in this, at least for anyone prepared to consider just how wrong a half-century’s worth of conventional wisdom has been.

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For years, the Trump administration’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East have been the object of relentless derision in elite foreign-policy circles, some of it justified. Yet with Friday’s announcement that Bahrain would join the United Arab Emirates as the second Arab state in 30 days to normalize ties with Israel, the administration has done more for regional peace than most of its predecessors, including an Obama administration that tried hard and failed badly.

There are lessons in this, at least for anyone prepared to consider just how wrong a half-century’s worth of conventional wisdom has been.

At the heart of that conventional wisdom is the view, succinctly put by U.N. Secretary General António Guterres in February, that “resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains key to sustainable peace in the Middle East.” Untie that Gordian knot, so the thinking goes, and the region’s many problems become easier to solve, whether it’s other regional conflicts or the anti-Americanism that feeds international terrorism.

But it behooves those of us who are so frequently hostile to Netanyahu and Trump to maintain the capacity to be pleasantly surprised — that is, to be honest. What’s happened between Israel and two former enemies is an honest triumph in a region, and a year, that’s known precious few.

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Norma Gauster
ngauster
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A triumph only for Bibi and Trump, clinging onto each other to save their political necks. Both in trouble with the law. Ignoring the plight of the Palestinians is shameful. Embracing the Saudi regime is beyond belief. We no longer need them for oil. Where were the prepetrators of 911 from? Trump needs a Nobel(!) to help him politically. Some irony! He acts like a third-world bully to put down protests at Lafayette Square in order to have a phony photo-op and wave a Bible he’s probably never read and surely doesn’t believe in. He has sold arms to the Saudis to use against Yemen, and the list goes on. We would do better to treat our European allies with respect. We rely on them for our defense against Russian agression. But that would miff Putin! Another authoritarian Trump says he admires, along with Kim Jong Un, Duterte, Madero...You notice there isn’t a female on that list. No, I am not celebrating.

D Na
Carlsbad,CA
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I regret that in the long run it will not help that a couple of hereditary despots from a sect that is a tiny minority in both their countries has decided to cave-in on the question of Palestinian rights. These repressive regimes did this in exchange for weapons and a continuing US presence to defend themselves against their own Shia majority and Iran. In the long run, the people of Israel need a peace that is not merely with vulnerable hereditary dictators.

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Jordanian analyst Muhammad Faraj denounced a Holocaust memorial ceremony held in the UAE, saying that restoring the memory of the Holocaust is a UAE attempt “to cover up the real massacres” perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians and Arabs. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) on April 8, 2021. Faraj said that Israel does not have the right to “play the victimhood card.” He quoted Jordanian poet Assad Qasim, who wrote: “I was not a guard in Auschwitz, oh child killer.” Faraj then continued to criticize the ceremony holders for lighting six candles to commemorate the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, saying that it is a “Zionist strategic policy” to focus on only six million of the 42 million who were killed during World War II. He continued to say that “senior writers and historians” such as holocaust deniers Roger Garaudy and David Irving have said this figure is “incorrect.” Faraj added that some people say that only hundreds of thousands of Jews died in the war, while others say that the majority of deaths were due to illness such as typhus.

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