White House press secretary Jen Psaki fell face-first into foolishness when she attempted to downplay former President Donald Trump’s progress with working towards peace in the Middle East. During a recent conversation with reporters, the press secretary attempted to demean the peace deals the U.S. helped to broker between Israel and Arab nations under the former president.
During a Tuesday trip to Michigan on Air Force One, Psaki said: “Aside from putting forward a peace proposal that was dead on arrival, we don’t think they did anything constructive really to bring an end to the long-term conflict in the Middle East.”
The press secretary’s comments were a response to a reporter’s question about the Trump administration’s Abraham Accords which were designed to normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. Apparently, she missed the widespread celebration of the various peace deals between Israel and previously hostile Arab nations that the Trump administration facilitated.
In September 2020, it was announced that the United Arab Emirates and Israel would enter into a peace agreement. This accord was a significant step toward Middle East peace as it was the first domino to drop in the quest for less volatility. With this new agreement in place, trade between the two nations can flourish.
Less than 30 days later, the Trump administration scored another diplomatic victory when it succeeded in persuading Bahrain to also normalize ties with Israel. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa on the phone, the leaders agreed to establish full relations between their countries.
Next was Sudan, which announced in October last year that it would start to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state after its historically antagonistic stance against the nation. This development was rather significant in that it had engaged in military conflict with Tel-Aviv in the past. In a piece for the Times of Israel, author Raphael Aren noted:
Sudan, on the other hand, has been a bitter enemy of the Jewish state since its founding. During the 1948 War of Independence, six Sudanese army companies joined the Egyptians in fighting the nascent Jewish state.
The animosity continued for seven decades. Until 2016, Sudan was a staunch ally of Iran, helping the Islamic Republic smuggle rockets and other weapons to Palestinian terror groups in Gaza. This prompted Israel to repeatedly bomb military facilities in the country, according to foreign reports.
Lastly, Morocco became the fourth Arab nation to declare that it would establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The two countries stated they would reopen economic liaison offices that were closed in 2002 and work towards exchanging ambassadors while restarting direct flights.
These accomplishments were a great boon to Israel and others who seek peace in the Middle East. The nation was unable to enjoy normalized relations with most Arab nations, and President Trump began the process towards remedying the issue.
Psaki’s comments are especially ludicrous considering the fact that violence once again broke out between the Israelis and Palestinians with President Joe Biden in the White House. “Violence in the region under Biden’s leadership is at the highest level since at least 2014, before Trump was president,” according to Breitbart News.
President Trump recently issued a statement blaming Biden’s “weakness” and failure to support the Jewish State for the outbreak of violence.
The violence in the region under Biden’s leadership is at the highest level since at least 2014, before Trump was president.
“When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked,” Trump said.
Psaki, attempting to differentiate Biden from his predecessor, said: “I would say that we are not following the same tactics of the previous administration.”
She noted that Biden restored foreign aid to the Palestinians that Trump had cut in 2018 and explained that he supports a “two-state solution,” which would be the only way to foster a “long term” peace between the two parties.
The press secretary also explained the president’s conspicuous silence on the matter, claiming his team was engaging in “quiet, intensive behind the scenes discussions” with both parties to figure out a way to end the conflict.
“He’s been doing this long enough to know that the best way to end an international conflict is typically not to debate it in public,” she said.
Of course, it is worth noting that much of President Biden’s handling of the ongoing migrant crisis is also occurring behind the scenes, and we can already see how that’s turning out, right? If his handling of the southern border is any indication, these “behind the scenes” talks might not turn out so favorably.