Is the Middle East on the Brink of Lasting Peace?

Is the Middle East on the Brink of Lasting Peace?

( – Over the last few months, President Donald Trump brokered peace deals between two Arab nations and Israel. For decades, US presidents came into office with grand ideas on how to bring peace to the region only to be met with one setback after another. Instead of trying to use the same pattern of the last 40 years, the Trump administration took a different path, to the dislike of some.

On Tuesday, September 15, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed declarations of peace as well as other deals with Israel at the White House. According to what have been dubbed the “Abraham Accords”, the Arab nations and Israel will exchange ambassadors, establish embassies, create new trade deals, open their countries to tourism, and ensure security between them.

President Trump said it is the “dawn of a new Middle East.” He praised the leaders of the three countries for having the courage to make formal deals and said that people of all faiths could live in peace and prosperity.

More to Come

Trump said the deals are laying the foundation for a comprehensive peace plan for the entire Middle East. He mentioned that “we’re very far down the road” with five or six other countries that are also negotiating peace deals with Israel. The president says there will be peace in the Middle East, and he believes both Iran and the Palestinians will eventually make a deal as more countries join the peace effort.

According to White House Senior Adviser and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Saudi Arabia could be prepared to jump on board as well. Being one of the most influential Arab nations, this would be instrumental in changing how the Arab world interacts with Israel and in stabilizing the region.

Non-Traditional Means to Peace

In the past, presidents and the diplomatic community have tried to accomplish peace by working with the Palestinians. For four decades, that has not worked. Trump’s strategy was to bypass them altogether. That’s in stark contrast to the Obama administration, which often backed the Palestinian’s over Israel. The former president often chided Israel for defending itself — creating animosity between the Jewish State and the US, two long-time allies.

Kushner emphatically said that the Muslim world is tired of war and conflict. He appeared to be laying much of the blame for the decades of failed peace between Israel and the Arab world on the Palestinians. The senior adviser said the Palestinian leadership rejected the administration’s vision for peace from day one because it didn’t involve them. Kushner also noted that the Arab nations were tired of their tactics and that they weren’t going to allow the Palestinian’s to hold back their national interests any longer.

In the coming days and weeks, there may be more deals announced between Middle East countries and Israel. When there are, we’ll let you know.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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