Thursday, President Trump made the surprise announcement that a major peace deal had been negotiated between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. A joint statement from Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed said they have “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.” The statement said that the diplomatic breakthrough was at “the request of President Trump,” and that Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”
This peace deal, with its immediate agreement and promise of more, is a huge achievement for Trump, and proof of how much work has been going on behind the scenes while the media obsessed endlessly over the same “gotcha” stories. It’s also a major blow to Iran, which (with Trump’s help) is increasingly isolating itself from its neighbors and making it clear to Arab nations which is the wiser choice: aligning with Israel and the US or with the crazy, threatening crank next door.
I’ll be talking about this more this weekend on “Huckabee” on TBN with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, so be sure to tune in.
Cartoonist Scott Adams was prescient when he tweeted that twisting this into a negative was going to take all of CNN’s disinformation talent. Some “journalists” attempted to dismiss the historic deal as just an election year stunt or claimed that Trump was angling for a Nobel Peace Prize (we know those only go to people who accomplish really great things, like when Obama…uh…well, I’ll have to get back to you on that one.) Mostly, though, they simply ignored the landmark peace agreement. After all, it’s not like people tune in CNN or MSNBC to get actual news.
But perhaps the most ludicrous response came from Joe Biden (or far more likely, his handlers.) He (they) released a statement praising Israel and the UAE but not even mentioning Trump. Instead, Biden hilariously tried to claim credit for the agreement as an outgrowth of the Middle East diplomatic efforts of the Obama-Biden Administration.
In case you forgot: Under Obama, ISIS grew like cancer across the Middle East, killing, torturing, raping and enslaving countless people. Meanwhile, Iran received $1.7 billion from the US ($400 million of it delivered in cash), which they could use to fund terrorism, their nuclear ambitions, or you know, whatever. They didn’t even have to stop chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” in parliament every day. Obama and Biden enriched Iran, and Trump isolated Iran. Obama and Biden oversaw growing war, anarchy, terrorism and chaos in the Middle East. Trump crushed ISIS and brokered a historic Arab-Israeli peace deal. And Biden wants credit for it. It is to laugh.
Thanks to Instapundit for rounding up some good comments on the deal that were far more lucid than Biden’s (which isn’t hard.) I particularly liked the graphic at the end, comparing all the wars under all Presidents of the past 40 years.
Again, guess which one has a Nobel Peace Prize. And can you guess what is his #1 distinction in the area of Presidents and wars?
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From law professor/blogger Ann Althouse, on Joe Biden’s speech and his first tweet after announcing Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Prof. Althouse was appalled by Biden’s attempts to stir up racial division and hatred with his description of what happened in Charlottesville, but also with his attempt, yet again, to claim that President Trump said there were “very fine people” on the side of the racist white nationalists.
Both Biden and Harris claim that “character is on the ballot.” Yet they’re trying to scare black people into thinking Republicans want to lynch them, and (ironically, since his defenders are trying to use the “Trump is a liar” narrative as an excuse for Joe to weasel out of debating him) kicking off their campaign by repeating a scurrilous, slanderous and thoroughly debunked lie.
Even CNN’s Jake Tapper admitted that Trump was talking about people on both sides of the debate over removing Confederate monuments. When the interviewer asked if he meant the white nationalists, he seemed incredulous that anyone would ask such a stupid question and said of course not, neo-Nazis and white nationalists should be “condemned totally.”
As Prof. Althouse points out, Biden piously declared that "’No president of the United States of America has ever said anything like that.’ Well, now, that is true. Because Trump didn't say it.”
She recalls that when Biden first repeated that inflammatory, debunked lie about Trump over a year ago, she wrote this: "If Biden does not come forward and retract [a video relying on the Charlottesville hoax] and apologize and commit himself to making amends, I consider him disqualified. He does not have the character or brain power to be President." Yet, she adds, over a year later, he’s “doubled down on the lie” and is “making it the centerpiece of his campaign!” At this point, she said, “I can't imagine what Biden could do to win my confidence.”
I can’t, either. But I can assure Joe that plagiarizing Ronald Reagan won’t do it.
THOMAS FRIEDMAN: "HUGE BREAKTHROUGH"
You know that President Trump’s Israel-UAE peace agreement is a major, unqualified triumph when even Thomas Friedman at the New York Times has to admit that, yes, it is a “huge breakthrough,” a “breath of fresh air” and “a geopolitical earthquake.” And he’s even forced to give Trump and Jared Kushner credit for sticking with the effort. (Starting the countdown clock to the Times firing Friedman...now!)
Of course, he couldn’t choke this out without some requisite Netanyahu-bashing and claiming that Joe Biden is somehow a winner in this deal because “if he succeeds Trump, (he) will not have to worry about the thorny issue of annexation, and he should have a much stronger pro-American alliance in the region to work with.” Yeah, he’s really lucky that he would inherit such a strong, stable Mideast position from Trump instead of the unholy mess that Trump inherited from his immediate predecessor
In other words, if Biden wins, we’ll all be losers. He’ll probably do to the Middle East peace that Trump created what Bill DeBlasio did to the successful New York City that Rudy Giuliani created. And it will fall apart even faster.
From the economy to America's cities to foreign policy, that seems to be the theme of this year’s elections: “Hey, remember how awful things were when the Democrats ran them? Let’s go back to that!”