Images and videos are flooding in and for good reason. Today is a historic day as the Middle East peace treaty arranged by President Donald Trump was signed by him, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani.
The moment will give birth to what Trump is calling a “new Middle East.”
“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”
“These agreements prove that the nations of the region are breaking free of the failed approaches of the past,” Trump added. “The people of the Middle East will no longer allow hatred of Israel to be fomented as an excuse for radicalism or extremism.”
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Overseas, Jerusalem’s old city walls displayed united flags as a symbol of the peace deal known as the “Abraham Accords.” The flags on the city wall are the U.S. flag, the Israeli flag, the United Arab Emirates flag, and the Jordanian flag.
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According to Trump, it’s not done yet. Negotiations are in the works for more countries to join the accords, and as Trump said, they could be coming along very quickly.
“It’s going to be peace in the Middle East,” Trump told the press.
President @realDonaldTrump says five to six additional countries will be "coming along" for more peace deals:
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The deal is meant to normalize trade and tourism within the region, deepening Israel’s relationships with other Muslim countries and promoting warmer dialogue between nations that are typically uneasy or hostile with one another.
This increase in commerce will, according to Trump, put a lot of pressure on other Muslim countries to reach deals with Israel so that they, too, can benefit from the trade agreements.
“We have many others going to be coming in over a short period of time, and the Palestinians will ultimately come in, too,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday.
“And you’re going to have peace in the Middle East, without being stupid and shooting everybody and killing everybody and having blood all over the sand. So you’ll have peace,” he said.
Trump later said that the deal will be too sweet not to participate in and once the trickle starts, it will turn into a flood.
“Let me tell you, when we start getting the rest of the countries in, they will come to the table, 100 percent. They’re actually getting to a point where they’re going to want to make a deal. They won’t say that outwardly. They want to make a deal,” said Trump.
Part of the strategy involved cutting off the money the U.S. had been giving the region for years according to the New York Post. With the spigot of free money cut off, Israel’s neighbors were ready to come to the table.
“We paid them a tremendous amount of money for many decades. We paid them money – was almost like hostage-type money. It was bribe money and it was foolish. And I took it away,” Trump said.
“And then we paid them $750 million. Yes, that’s a lot of money. We paid them all this money and they speak badly about us. I said, ‘I’m going to end the money. Let them know we’re not going to pay it anymore.’ We didn’t pay it anymore. But other very rich countries would pay,” he added.
The states in the region were likely also convinced to come together due to their mutual enemy in Iran, but Trump believes he can make a deal with them, too, with enough pressure. Currently, Iran is quiet but as Trump notes, they’re waiting to see what happens with the election in November.
Trump says that if re-elected, he’ll likely have a deal with Iran in a month but if Biden gets in “they’ll take our guts.”