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A New Dawn in the Mid-East, Trump on a Peace Mission  

Abhaya Vajpayee

It came out of the blue but the preparations must have been going on for months, if not years.

President Donald Trump, facing multiple problems at home did not forget his, and American leadership role in world affairs too. His attention focused on peace in the Middle East, with Israel surrounded by hostile Arab neighbors. But Trump was on a peace mission and just last week brought his ultimate goal nearer when United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel reached an agreement recognizing the Jewish state by the second Arab country to establish full diplomatic relations.

The ‘ink was not yet dry’ on this historic agreement when yet another Arab state, Bahrain, decided to follow suit and agreed to have good relations with Israel. It was ‘two-in-one’ in a week’ of constructive development and diplomatic success ensuring more progress in the same direction.

Clear indications are that the largest and most important Islamic/Arab state, Saudi Arabia is also favorably inclined to change the course and join the ‘peace brigade,’ initiated by Trump.

This is a remarkable achievement. The only other Arab nation, the first, was Egypt under president Anwar Sadat who recognized Israel and establish diplomatic relations. That was done when Jimmy Carter was the American president. Then that was a unique first step but things did not move for decades. It was left to President Trump to take up and move vigorously and successfully to usher in a new era of peace, and mutual cooperation in the Middle East.    

As Anders Hagstrom reported earlier this week:

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President Donald Trump expects “seven or eight or nine” additional Arab states to sign peace agreements with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia, he announced September 15, during a White House ceremony.

Trump made the comments after formally signing peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Known as the Abraham Accords, Trump and its other signatories hope it heralds “a new dawn for peace in the Middle East.” Trump also said that he spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia and expects the country to join the agreement “at the right time,” according to Agence France Press (AFP).

“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said in his remarks at the White House. “In Israel’s history there have only been two of these agreements, and now we have achieved two in a single month.”

 

 

In Washington, DC WASHINGTON, DC, Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan participated in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Leaders from Israel, the UAE and Bahrain joined Trump in praising the accords during the White House signing ceremony.

“Israelis, Emiratis and Bahrainis are already embracing one another,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “We are eager to invest in the future of partnership, prosperity and peace.”

 

Netanyahu went on to say the three nations are already cooperating on combating the coronavirus pandemic in the region.

Saudi Arabia has already made the step to open its airspace to Israeli airlines to allow easier transit between the Jewish state and the UAE.

Central to the peace agreements has been Israel’s halt on the annexation of land claimed by the Palestinian people, with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan thanking Netanyahu for pausing the move during his remarks at the White House.

“This initiative would not have been possible without the efforts of his excellency President Donald Trump and his team who worked hard and sincerely for us to get here,” he said, according to a translator. “Your Excellency, Prime Minister Netanyahu…Thank you for choosing peace and for halting the annexation of Palestinian territories.”

9/26/20