On Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was busy doing what he does best: Inserting his feet into his giant mouth.
During an event with the rabidly anti-Israel J Street group, Biden – who was vice president when Barack Obama made the horrific ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran – claimed that by withdrawing from it, President Trump “put Israel in danger.”
He added that “the only way to ensure Israel’s long-term security while sustaining its Jewish and democratic identity. It’s also the only way to ensure Palestinians have a state of their own.”
If they heard it, President Trump and his foreign policy team must have laughed their assets off because less than 24 hours later, the president announced another major peace deal between the Jewish state and another Arab nation, Bahrain.
This deal, of course, comes after an earlier deal last month between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. And it also comes after Trump became the U.S. president who promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, and then actually did it.
During a press briefing around 1:00 p.m. EDT, the president announced:
Just a few moments ago, I hosted a historic call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and King Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain. Both leaders expressed their condolences as well to the American people on this very, very tragic, horrible event that took place on September 11th. And they very much meant it. I want to thank them for that. …
In the spirit of peace and cooperation, both leaders also agreed that Bahrain will fully normalize its diplomatic relations with Israel. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, education, security, and agriculture. This is a truly historic day.
There have been two peace agreements with Israel in the last 72 years. This is now the second peace agreement that we have announced in the last month, and I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow. I can tell you there’s tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of other countries to also join. And we think, ultimately, you’ll have most countries join, and you’re going to have the Palestinians in a very good position. They want to come in — they’re going to want to come in because all of their friends are in. But we have tremendous enthusiasm for coming into the deal.
Another way President Trump has sought to protect Israel: He has made it clear to Iran he won’t ever allow that country to get away with attacking the Jewish state. And he is also ending dangerous wars in Israel’s back yard instead of starting more of them as Biden would likely do.
The second normalization agreement between Israel and an Arab nation also earned Trump a second Nobel Peace Prize nod.
For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde said. “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game-changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”
The Palestinians likely won’t be in the group anytime soon, however. The Trump administration offered up a deal in January, but as usual, the Palestinians rejected it out of hand because Israel won’t hand over half of Jerusalem to them.
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