by: Kate Norman
Thursday, 10 September 2020 | In recognition for the landmark US-brokered peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, US President Donald Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian parliamentarian.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde praised Trump’s efforts to create peace in conflict regions across the globe during his presidency. “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” the Norwegian politician told Fox News.
President Trump announced the historical Abraham Accords from the White House on August 13. Standing just behind the president during the announcement was his special adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who thanked the president for his leadership over the peace negotiations as well as his untraditional approach.
“You can’t solve problems that have gone unsolved by doing it the same way that people before you have tried and failed,” Kushner told the press.
Kushner—who was also instrumental in brokering the peace and is reportedly working on bringing more Arab states to the table—said Trump’s untraditional approaches get results. “And what happened here is we were able to achieve results that others were not able to achieve, and this will advance the region and this will advance the whole world.”
Both Israeli and American diplomats have said they expect more Arab states to follow the UAE in joining hands with Israel.
“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,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote in his letter nominating the president.
A statement from the US press secretary responding to the nomination called the Abraham Accords “a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of President Trump” and said the president was “honored” to be considered for the prize.
“[The Nobel] nomination comes amid widespread international support for the peace accords and optimism that the region finally may be turning a corner,” the statement on the White House website reads. “By uniting two of America’s closest partners in the region—something many said could not be done—this agreement will create a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East.”
This is not the first time Tybring-Gjedde has nominated Trump for the honor. The Norwegian parliamentarian first nominated the president in 2018 after Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore, quieting fears of nuclear war.
“The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News. “For example, Barack Obama did nothing,” referring to the 2009 Peace Prize that was awarded to Obama just nine months into his presidency—years before his administration entered the 2015 Iran deal, which Trump exited in 2018, calling it “flawed.”
On September 15, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayad will travel to Washington DC and seal the deal, signing the official peace agreement between the Jewish and Gulf states—making the UAE the third Arab nation to sign a peace deal with Israel following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
The deadline for the 2020 peace prize has already passed, so the winner for the Peace Prize, which will be chosen by a five-person committee, will be announced in October 2021.
Posted on September 10, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 10, 2020)
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