What to Know:
- One of the greatest changes in the modern Middle East happened in the Fall of 2020, when the Abraham Accords brought four peace treaties between Israel and Arab nations. There had been no new peace treaties with Israel since 1994. President Trump and his team got four.
- The Abraham Accords is the formal introduction of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco—a major step in Muslim nations acknowledging the existence of Israel.
- Israel has defended itself in eight wars since its re-establishment in 1948, fending off countless attacks from Islamic terrorists and members of the Arab League that refused to acknowledge Israel’s existence. While the threat of violence to Israel remains from terror groups on its border, Israel lost four enemies and gained four friends overnight.
- The peace deals ensured that the Middle East would be more peaceful in the future and helps reduce the need for U.S. troops in the region over time.
- President Trump and his team understood how to make peace deals – the world is far safer under Republican leadership that stands with Israel and advances peace instead of Democrat administrations that consistently appease and empower our enemies like Iran.
- Republicans deliver results, no matter regardless of whether they the get credit from the media and fancy awards like the Nobel Prize. We advanced peace and that’s credit enough.
- The approach from Democrats for decades has been wrong. John Kerry claimed that, “There will be no advance and separate peace between Israel and the Arab World without the Palestinian Process and Palestinian Peace.” John Kerry still failed upwards with a plum Cabinet-level job under Biden.
- Biden can’t deliver. He has failed to take advantage of the peace deals that Trump left him and waited over a year to place key personnel to administer the Abraham Accords. More than a year later, there are no signs of expanding Middle East peace any further.
How The Trump Administration Forged a Deal:
- The Obama Administration fueled Iran with billions of dollars and let the regime supercharge their aggressive expansionism. Arab nations and Israel together realized they had more to fear from their common enemy, and more to gain by working together.
- After the election of President Trump, members of his Administration embarked on a listening tour in the Middle East to hear how our partners wanted to achieve peace in the region.
- U.S. officials quickly came to the realization that Arab nations do not trust Palestinian leaders—with prevailing sentiment that the Palestinian National Authority is corrupt, stubborn, and acting counter to the interests of Palestinian people.
- Middle East leaders also relayed growing concern of an emboldened Iran that arms Shia terrorist groups intent on attacking and subverting neighboring nations.
- Trump Administration diplomats threw out the failed Obama playbook and recognized that prioritizing diplomacy with the Palestinian leaders was a lost cause. The greatest prospect for peace existed through a partnership between Israel and other Middle Eastern nations.
- The United States demonstrated to the Arab nations that the U.S. and Israel are trusted partners, especially in the fight against a terror-state like Iran.
- We showed Arabs how good we treat our friends. The United States formally recognized Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel and relocated our embassy there. Despite many critics claiming there would be an outburst of violence, it was accomplished entirely peacefully.
- On September 15, 2020, the Abraham Accords were formally signed at The White House. This major step opened the door for endless economic and diplomatic possibilities in the Middle East.
Unprecedented Success during The Trump Administration:
- For decades, Israel’s neighbors completely closed travel to the country and refused to acknowledge their existence as a nation. Now people and business flow freely while their leaders maintain diplomatic ties in the open.
- The Abraham Accords are not merely symbolic:
- Direct travel opened between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
- Direct travel opened between Israel and Sudan.
- Direct travel opened between Israel and Bahrain.
- Direct travel opened between Israel and Morocco.
- In the first year, trade between Abraham Accord nations increased by 222 percent and members signed 127 additional memorandums to deepen ties.
Biden is Losing Friends in the Middle East Daily:
- Members of the Abrahams Accords looked to the United States as a dependable partner and a critical asset to foster expanding peace. Now the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE won’t even answer Joe Biden’s phone calls.
- President Biden has not taken the opportunity President Trump handed to him seriously. While President Trump and President Obama deployed key diplomats to the middle east, President Biden waited over a year to appoint real personnel to advance the effort.
- While nations across the Muslim world expressed desire to deepen ties with Israel after the signing of the Abraham Accords, Biden has yet to provide leadership to support the effort.
- President Biden had the opportunity to forge a real coalition against Iran, the largest state-sponsor of terror in the world, and he dropped the ball. Now Iran is more emboldened than ever to spread terrorism, advance their nuclear program, and target American citizens on our own soil.