November 25, 2020
Having already helped shepherd historic peace agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan with the Abraham Accords, and promised that more nations will join soon, President Trump is reportedly trying to craft a landmark agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Fox News reported that on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi officials and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
An Israeli official seemed to unofficially confirm the meeting, but Saudi officials denied it, saying that Saudi Arabia has “supported normalization with Israel for a long time, but one very important thing must happen first: a permanent and full peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.”
That’s what I would expect the Saudis to say publicly. Seeing the other Arab nations make peace and recognize Israel’s right to exist, and just hearing a report that Saudi Arabia is leaning toward it, should put pressure on the Palestinians to give up their rabid opposition to making peace with Israel. This is sending them a message that other Arab nations are getting tired of defending them. The message Trump is sending the Palestinians with these deals is that the peace train is leaving the station, and they can either make a deal and get on board or stubbornly refuse and hope that a President Biden will re-enrich Iran enough that the Mullahs will take care of them.
I know that Biden and his whole coterie of former Obama officials can’t wait to undo everything that Trump has done to replace their endless wars with peace in the Middle East. But Trump seems determined to make that hard for them by creating so much peace in the Middle East that even they, with all their diplomatic experience and expertise, will have a hard time screwing it up.