Whatever one might think about Trump’s other actions and overall personality, the president deserves to be seriously considered for a Nobel Peace Prize. And if not him, it should go to his adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. They deserve it for achieving a breakthrough that eluded all of Trump’s predecessors, something no president before him has done: He successfully pushed for two back-to-back peace treaties between Israel and a pair of Arab nations — the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — signed at the White House on Tuesday.And this breakthrough is likely to lead to more. On Tuesday the president spoke about four or five more such treaties. This might have been an overstatement, but we know that negotiations with Sudan for a similar normalization process are underway. Sudan is a particularly interesting case because it was in the country’s capital, Khartoum, in 1967 that the Arab League coined the infamous “Three Nos” that held the Middle East back for many years: No to peace with Israel, no to negotiations with Israel, no to recognition of Israel. This triple rejection of the Jewish state is a fine starting point for better understanding why the new deals are important — and are indeed a move worthy of the label “peace.”
The very source of the Arab-Israeli conflict is the notion that Israel is an illegitimate implant in the Middle East. Arab countries rejected Israel when it was established and fought many wars against it. This was painful and damaging for Israel and was of course the most important dimension of the posture for Israelis like me. But it was also destructive for the whole region. The conflict diverts the energy of countries away from productive development. They invest in weapons rather than agriculture. They neglect teaching science to teach hate. Foreign investors and tourists must think twice about coming. (Who wants to risk their lives in a war zone?)Egypt was the first Arab country to identify these facts. Accordingly, in 1979, Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel. In 1994, Jordan followed suit. This week, the number of treaties was doubled with a few strokes of a pen.
SEPT. 15, 202001:15True, the Emirates and Bahrain were never Israel’s enemies in the Egyptian-Jordanian sense. These Gulf states don’t share a border with Israel and never fought a direct war with it. It’s also true that these states had been quietly cultivating ties with Israel for years because of their shared anxiety over Iran’s expansionist intentions.Nevertheless, the decision to move from quiet ties to official ties, and from practical cooperation to essential acceptance, is a huge step forward for peace. In many ways, this is a bold declaration that a broader Arab-Israeli conflict no longer exists. Hostility toward Israel becomes an oddity; cooperation becomes the norm — economic partnerships, scientific research and innovation, tourism, the ups and downs of normal neighbors.
But Trump did more than all American presidents before him on this front. He inherited an Arab-Israeli peace process that seemed dead after eight years of futile attempts by the Obama administration to focus on progress with the Palestinians. So he went against the grain by instead authoring his own peace plan, and when it proved to be no more successful than Obama’s, he used it to get results someplace else.
SEPT. 14, 202004:38Along the way, he was on the receiving end of ridicule, criticism, skepticism and sabotage. And it is fair to argue that Trump failed to meet his stated goal — that of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But unlike Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton, predecessors who also failed, Trump wisely leveraged this banal letdown. When the Palestinians refused to negotiate based on his proposed peace plan, Trump and Kushner — his pointman in the undertaking — saw it not as a defeat but as an opportunity.This is the Trump administration’s doing. With his refusal to accept that no peace in the Middle East was possible until the Palestinians said yes, he signaled to the Arabs that they could no longer use the Palestinian issue as a delay tactic — and he signaled to the Palestinians that their rejectionism would no longer be a useful tool in preventing other countries from moving toward peace.
Trump continued this dynamic peacemaking shift by insistenting on acknowledging facts — such as that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital — rather than operating in an imaginary world. He broadcast that Israel is here to stay, that it’s time to accept this fact and move on, and that countries like the Emirates had a lot to gain if they ditched the old fiction of maybe-one-day-Israel-will-somehow-disappear. No less important: Trump was willing to break with Obama and declare that Iran is the region’s main threat — a view that Israel and the Gulf states also share, and which the Trump White House harnessed to find ways to yoke the parties more tightly together.
Many past Nobel Peace Prize recipients’ achievements pale in comparison to what Trump did this year in the Middle East — both Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s award for his “efforts to create peace in the Middle East,” alongside Israeli leaders Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, and United Nations atomic energy watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei’s prize for his “efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes” in Iran were laughably premature. No, Trump didn’t get his — and our — “peace of the century.” But he did orchestrate the first step towards what he once termed a “beautiful future.”
Surely, there are many arguments against awarding Trump the peace prize, from his domestic record on human and civil rights to his international arms deals to his refusal to lead on climate change. It’s also not easy for anyone to acknowledge that this president succeeded where other presidents who seemed smarter, sincerer, more capable, didn’t. And yet, he deserves to have his very real offenses weighted against his very real achievement. Other less-than-savory figures have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize not for who they are but for what they accomplished. Trump should be no different.
WASHINGTON — President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a second time this week — this time for brokering a between Serbia and breakaway republic Kosovo.In a Friday morning tweet, Magnus Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish Parliament, announced he was nominating the Trump administration and the two European nations for their “joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House.”“Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace,” Jacobsson wrote , sharing his letter to the Nobel Committee.On Wednesday, the president was nominated for the prestigious award by a member of the Norwegian Parliament for helping broker a peace deall between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.According to the official Nobel website, there were 318 candidates for the 2020 Peace Prize. The winner of the prize for 2021 will not be announced until October of next year.Trump last Friday hosted the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to sign a landmark economic normalization agreement.Kosovo split from Serbia in 2008, declaring independence with US assistance following a genocidal war waged by then-Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević which killed 10,000 Muslim ethnic Albanians.“It took decades because you didn’t have anybody trying to get it done,” Trump said in the Oval Office, flanked by Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbia President Aleksandar Vučić.“There was a lot of fighting and now there’s a lot of love,” he continued.Serbia still does not recognize Kosovo’s independence but it allows economic cooperation, rail and transit links, and the free movement of people and goods between the two countries.Enlarge ImageDonald TrumpGetty ImagesThe Serbian president praised Trump and said he had done a “great job,” while Kosovo’s leader hailed Trump’s “commitment to peace.”The deal came on the heels of another agreement brokered a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — the first normalization of relations between Israel and an Arab nation in decades.The agreement, known as the Abraham Accords, will be officially signed at the White House next Tuesday with delegations from Israel and the UAE.The diplomatic breakthrough will see increased tourism and investment between the two nations in a move that angered Iran.On Friday afternoon, the White House announced that the tiny kingdom of Bahrain would follow the UAE in normalizing relationships with Israel as the Trump administration pushes for peace in the Middle East.
President Trump locked down his third Nobel Peace Prize nomination after a group of Australian professors nominated him based on his “Trump Doctrine."
"He went ahead and negotiated against all advice, but he did it with common sense. He negotiated directly with the Arab states concerned and Israel and brought them together," Australian law professor David Flint told Sky News Australia, lauding the president for his “Trump Doctrine” foreign policies.
“What he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided that he would no longer have America involved in endless wars, wars which achieve nothing but the killing of thousands of young Americans,” Flint added.
Hundreds of diplomats and government officials gathered at the White House earlier this month to witness leaders from the UAE, Israel, and Bahrain sign the "Abraham Accords," which normalized diplomatic relations between the nations.
Trump has already been nominated twice for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, including by a Norwegian member of Parliament for the Middle East peace deal and by a member of the Swedish Parliament for normalizing relations between Serbia and Kosovo.
Law professors and members of Parliament can nominate a person for the esteemed prize. Flint joined three other Australian legal scholars in nominating the president on the basis of his “Trump Doctrine.”
"So he's reducing America's tendency to get involved in any and every war,” Flint added. "The states are lining up, Arab and Middle Eastern, to join that network of peace which will dominate the Middle East.”
"He is really producing peace in the world in a way in which none of his predecessors did, and he fully deserves the Nobel Peace Prize."