Obama loses, Biden loses, leftists lose, Trump haters lose, Trump wins, the Middle East wins, the United States wins, the world wins.

It is major, major, the accord reached between Israel and Bahrain following the accord with the United Arab Emirates. These are the first such alliances between Israel and Middle East countries in 20 years. Bahrain and the Emirates join Egypt and Jordan, and more countries are likely to come aboard, maybe even Saudi Arabia. Iran is further squeezed. Israeli survival and Middle East peace are more nearly assured. Economies will definitely be lifted. Jared Kushner should take a bow.

Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Kushner was said to be unqualified, just a politically manipulated nepotism exhibit. But he brought keen intellect and shrewdness to the negotiations. After several years of listening, pushing and beseeching, he began to get results. And, for weeks before the Emirates agreement, he bounced between its leader, Mohammed bin Zayed, and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with a major result. Netanyahu agreed to suspend Israel’s annexation of the West Bank, and Zayed said let’s get on with it, let’s join ranks, hurrah, hurrah.

All three of these countries had already been friends of a kind, worried like crazy about Iran and its hegemonic ambitions, but did Netanyahu want to give up the protection afforded by control of the West Bank and did Zayed want to shake hands with him otherwise? No. He did not want it to look as if he was going to let Israel be in charge of things generally, and the years ahead became worrisome for both when President Barack Obama dropped sanctions against Iran in a deal making its nuclear armament more likely. Our friendship with our ally Israel seemed slippery and one of the things Zayed wanted was to feel closer to the United States, it’s said.

Trump had ended the Iran deal and did something other presidents promised to no avail. He made Jerusalem the capital of Israel. He also had the guts to kill an Iranian terrorist in Iraq who had killed Americans. Trump left no doubt that we had Netanyahu’s back, and he let up on the annexation, and can you believe it? It helps to support your allies instead of endanger them. Bahrain has now joined up with Israel and the Emirates and others, no doubt thinking Israel and the good, old United States can help save them from Iranian domination.

The future’s not mine to know, but the possibility of the moment seems that there could be a path to a more settled Middle East, that Israel and friends will grow in strength while Iran and those bowing to its dictates shrivel. Iran, of course, is not through yet despite the ravages of reapplied sanctions and covid-19. China lately said it would be a beneficent friend, no doubt looking for another toady and lots of oil in its planned mastery of the planet

Another aspect of all of this is Trump’s triumph. He bragged about what he would do and he has done it, even though foreign-policy minds that are allegedly among the best said no, no, no. They said Obama was right in the Iran nuclear deal, which unconstitutionally skipped the treaty process and allowed Iran, enriched by billions through unfrozen assets and the lifting of sanctions, to do pretty much anything.

It kept the means of making nuclear weapons. It disallowed investigations on military bases. It got away with 32 violations in which it tried to buy nuclear technology from Germany. It continued testing ballistic missiles while sponsoring murderous terrorism.

Looking forward, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently wants to resurrect the Iranian deal in one form or another. Looking back, in 2009 President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, apparently on the grounds of good intentions and great expectations. Looking at the present moment, Trump actually deserves one.

Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may email him at speaktojay@aol.com.

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simon1dog

Yes, he deserves it!

BigBob

Boy you've got that right! If there was eve anyone deserving of long prison sentences it is trump. So glad you are finally seeing the light!

Davel2

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have not been at war so I fail to understand

what has been accomplished here that deserves such praise. Least of all, a Noble

Prize for Trump. The real problem is between the Palestinians and Israel and

nothing substantial has been accomplished there with this deal. Had Trump bought this issue to an amicable solution after years of conflict, I would gladly credit him and be willingly to hand him the prize myself, but all he has done is exaggerate this new deal with his usual bravado. Likely so Trump can boast the importance of this deal in the election and rally his supporters. For example, the Evangelicals who believe Israel plays an important role in their "End-Days" insanity and are in full support of everything Israel. However, there are two sides to the coin here, and this deal can also be seen as an attempt to lessen the support from other Arab Countries for the Palestinian side of this issue. But don't expect much consideration as to what this deal does or does not do from Trump "Patriots" either, who are strangely in full support of Americans agreeing to a loyalty oath to Israel. If you find pledging loyalty to a foreign nation wrong, they will label you an Anti-Semite in this case. I still can't get over that one. Once again the Trump voters fail to research the facts or question motives, preferring to just swallow the efforts of the Trump Propaganda Team. Seriously, He can't even make peace with Americans protesting in the streets of his own country, but somehow some believe he has the capacity to make peace in the Middle-East? Noble Prize?... You got to be kidding me!

deaton

So, Twit I guess you want to remain in the “quagmire” of the Palestinian / Israeli conflict that the Middle East has been since 1947? Heck let’s try something new! Why not make peace with all Arab Nations willing to move forward, until the Yasser Arafat’s and Mahmoud Abbas‘s of the world, are the only ones left in the sinking boat, the “S.S. QUAGMIRE” Thanks President Trump for trying something different, making the world safe! Bring it on HATERS! [thumbup][tongue][beam] Deaton

Mr Lemons

The accord reached between Israel and Bahrain following the accord with the United Arab Emirates is a BIG deal. It should be the start of all Arab countries falling into line and reaching an agreement with Israel. President Trump's recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and then moving the American embassy was also a BIG deal. Tearing up Obama's "pallets of cash" deal with Iran made this possible. The Nobel Peace prize is a joke and has been even before it became politicized by Obama's 2009 win for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people." According to Geir Lundestad, the secretary of the Nobel committee, "Even many of Obama's supporters believed that the prize was a mistake."

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BigBob

As usual more BS with the most egregious being the right-wing loon trash about "pallets of cash." Let's clear this up right now -

The $400 million dollar – plus interest - transfer was openly announced, paid in settlement of a nearly 40-year dispute between Iran and the United States, a settlement that saved the United States several billion dollars.

In late 1979, after Iranian revolutionaries took 52 Americans hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Iran and froze Iranian assets in America. Among those frozen assets was a $400 million delivery of fighter jets from the U.S. that Iran’s previous government had already paid for.

Although the American hostages were finally released a year later, issues such as the frozen Iranian assets (including that $400 million) were not settled at that time. Instead, an international court based in The Hague, the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal was established to deal with such legal claims. The tribunal process dragged on for years and years without a ruling on the $400 million, and finally, when arbitration process was apparently about to wind up (quite possibly not in American’s favor), the U.S. agreed to pay Iran back the $400 million principal along with $1.3 billion in interest. If the issue had gone to the tribunal for a decision, as was expected, the U.S. would have been on the hook for the full $10 billion in compensation Iran was seeking.

The payment was actually the end of a boring, decades-old international legal case totally unrelated to the hot-button nuclear and prisoner issues. The fact the money was physically sent to Iran in various currencies rather than simply transferred by wire may seem odd in the context of the United States’ increasingly cashless society, but that was done in order to avoid existing Treasury Department sanctions that banned the use of American currency in transactions with Iran, and international sanctions which at that time kept Iran from accessing the global financial markets.

RESIST

Ah, how refreshing! The truth in a coherent form but will probably shoot right over the trumpers' heads!

CVA-42

Big Bozo seems to be patting himself on the back again. How many handles does he have?

BigBob

Facts are not your long suit, are they? Thorbjørn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, was asked whether Obama had lived up to the prize, and replied: “Yes, I think so. I'm as convinced as I was when he got it that he deserved it for many reasons. During three months' time, he paved the way for new negotiations with the Russian Federation about nuclear arms. If you look at the will of Alfred Nobel that goes directly to what he said that the prize should go to the person that has worked for—he called it reduction of standing armies but in today's terms it means arms control and disarmament. ... But, there are other things also, which we looked at, for instance, the fact that he started immediately to build bridges to the Muslim world throughout the time.”

RESIST

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RESIST

Where is the BS emoticon???

Dawn King

How easily you bend, twist and stoop to bury your nose in twumpy's humongous rear end and forget about the MANY horrific things your messiah’s done or ignored. But, by golly, with flag waving fervor, twumpy’s your guy! This “deal” is nothing but an arms deal masquerading as a "peace" deal between parties that have never been at war. Israel won't object because it gets more money and weapons. UAE won't object because they can keep their five thousand armored personnel carriers and future F-35 jets and drones, and Bahrain gets to keep the 5th Fleet instead of it moving to Israel or being disbanded.

Dawn King

How easily you bend, twist and stoop to cover twumpy's humongous rear end and forget about the MANY horrific things this feckless fool has done or ignored. But, by golly, with flag waving fervor, twumpy’s your guy! This “accord” is nothing but an arms deal masquerading as a "peace" deal between parties that have never been at war. Israel won't object because it gets more money and weapons. UAE won't object because they can keep their five thousand armored personnel carriers and future F-35 jets and drones, and Bahrain gets to keep the 5th Fleet instead of it moving to Israel or being disbanded.

deaton

Yeah, I got it first time Dawn, [thumbup][whistling] Deaton

BigBob

On 9 September a right-wing Norwegian lawmaker nominated trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize – or as trump’s ad says “Noble.” The propaganda network, Fox News, immediately broke the story about trump’s, alleged honor, but failed to mention that each year hundreds of people are nominated. In this case trump was nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde a hard-core anti-immigration right-winger who also nominated trump in 2018 – a move that garnered laughs around the world. The take by trump on awards and honors was his usual brand of idiocy, predicting he would win “for a lot of things if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t.”

RESIST

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