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Historic Peace in the Middle East

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It was three years ago when former Secretary of State John Kerry warned President Trump’s relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem would lead to a Middle East “explosion.” Dozens of concerned pieces were written when he officially recognized the Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory. 

In January after President Trump took out terrorist leader and Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, who was responsible for the maiming and killing of hundreds of American troops, Democrats rushed to the television cameras to declare the start of World War III. 

But those hair-on-fire accusations and so-called ‘predictions’ never came true. Jerusalem is still standing and the lives of many have been saved because Soleimani and many of his associates are no longer living. 

This week, President Trump’s decisions in the region were vindicated yet again when he announced the first major Middle East Peace agreement in nearly three decades. 

"President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates," the White House released in a statement. "This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region. All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today's historic achievement." 

It’s a deal that isn’t full of false promises, but one that lays out a solid partnership on every front through mutual business and government cooperation. Israelis and Emirates are celebrating on Twitter, inviting each other to visit their respective cities and countries. Embassies will be established and muslims from the UAE will now be able to easily travel to the Al Aqsa mosque. 

"Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit," the White House detailed. 

Most importantly, this deal is just the beginning. Other countries like Bahrain and Oman will eventually follow-suit and Saudi Arabia, whose Crown Prince Bin Salman has a friendly and working relationship with senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, may do the same. 

When National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien suggested this week that President Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the region and around the work, he was mocked by the leftist media. But O'Brien is correct. President Trump deserves the prize by accomplishing far more than his predecessors on the issue. 

Through hard work, due diligence, and diplomacy, President Trump proved his foreign policy critics wrong again. They moved past the noise and found a different, successful path. The United States and the world are safer as a result. 


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