“Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we make a great effort towards a future in which people of all religions and backgrounds live in peace and prosperity,” Trump said, declaring that Accents will “serve as” the foundation for a comprehensive peace throughout the region. “
In his remarks, Netanyahu said that the ceremony on Tuesday represented the “axis of history” and heralded “a new dawn of peace”. He praised Trump for helping to mediate agreements and encouraged more Arab states to sign charges.
“To all the friends of Israel in the Middle East, who are with us today and who will join us tomorrow, I say, ‘As-Salamu Alayakum.’ Peace to you. Shalom, “Netanyahu said.
“And you’ve heard from the president that he’s already shining more and more countries,” Netanyahu said, pointing to Trump. “It was unimaginable a few years ago. But with determination [and] The way peace is established is being considered afresh. “
In a meeting with Netanyahu in the First Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump presented the Israeli prime minister with a “key to the White House” and said US officials negotiated with “at least five or six countries” in the Middle East. Was doing. Can normalize relationships.
Trump claimed in a separate meeting with the UAE foreign minister on Tuesday that the administration was given “very strong signals” from the Palestinians “that they want to be a part of what is happening.”
“This may, for the first time, lead to peace, real peace in the Middle East,” Trump said. “We have taken a very different route. You can say that it is a backdoor, but I call it a smart door, not a backdoor. I call it a smart door. “
In an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday morning, Trump admitted that his administration brokered normalization agreements between Israel and the Arab states, part of a broader diplomatic effort to pressure Palestinians for a peace deal.
“Yes, you could say it’s definitely a piece,” Trump said. “The ultimate piece is good for us, and it is good for Israel. But there is definitely a piece of it. The Palestinians are very difficult to deal with.
Trump said that his administration was negotiating with several other Arab states, and said that “when we introduce the rest of the countries” to the Palestinians “at 100 percent.”
“They’re really getting to a point where they want to make a deal. They won’t say that externally. They want to make a deal,” Trump said, “otherwise, they’ll be left in the cold.”
Most Arab nations in the Middle East have historically opposed normalizing relations with Israel, officially seeking a deal with the Palestinians that would secure themselves for an independent state.
But some Arab states have quietly collaborated with Israel in recent years to counter a common geopolitical enemy, Iran. Those clandestine ties have increasingly come into the open as Arab states certainly work to curry favor with the Israeli and anti-Iran lump administration.
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who has taken the lead in drafting the administration’s Middle East foreign policy, appeared in several morning news on Tuesday to promote the signature of the accuser, in which he argued That the “beginning of the end” of the Israeli-Arab conflict. “
“America has spent a lot in the Middle East. We have a lot of soldiers, we have a lot of money and our attention is focused there for the last 20 years. But it really signals the beginning of the president bringing people together, “Trump’s son-in-law Kushner told NBC’s” Today “show in an interview.
But when the administration’s strategy and foreign policy flashpoints, such as borders, settlements, and Palestine’s role in the holy city of Jerusalem, were pressured, Kushner said, “Those issues are not as complex as people have understood them to be.”
“With regard to the Palestinians, I think that will come with time,” Kushner said, while maintaining America “wants more peace than other people who do not want peace.”
The Trump administration has followed a Middle East policy in favor of Israel and aims largely to force Palestinians to participate in peace talks – including cuts to their US aid, among other measures.
But even though Trump hopes the peace deal with Israel has become yet another pressure point on the agreement for the Palestinians, UAE and Bahrain officials are not required to share this view. For Emirates and Bahrain, normalization agreements with Israel are more important for the united front that exists against Iran, as well as their potential economic and diplomatic benefits.
In an interview with the Atlantic Council on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused former President Barack Obama’s administration of adopting an “Iran-centric focus” in its Middle East policy. The Trump administration, however, “has taken a fundamentally different approach to creating an opportunity for increased stability in the Middle East and less risk to the US,” he said.
“We held an approach to peace, which had another element, a deeper recognition that the primary subversive force in the Middle East was not a conflict between Israelis and Palestinians,” Pompeo said. “It was, rather, a threat to the supernatural ambitions of the clerical regime in Iran. So we have flipped what we were doing at the head of the previous administration.”
Nahal Tosi and Kaitlyn Oprisko contributed to this report.