David Friedman: Joe Biden Helped Middle East Peace Deal Only by Being So ‘Hostile’

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Breitbart News Daily on Friday morning that former Vice President Joe Biden had contributed to the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only by being so “hostile.”

The deal, known as the Abraham Accord, was announced by President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday morning and provides for “full normalization” for the first time between Israel and a Gulf Arab state. It is expected to lead to similar deals with other Arab states.

Even liberal critics of President Trump praised his “huge achievement,” calling the deal a “breakthrough” and an “earthquake.”

Biden rushed to take some of the credit:

The coming together of Israel and Arab states builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli opening, including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative. I personally spent time with leaders of both Israel and UAE during our administration building the case for cooperation and broader engagement and the benefits it could deliver to both nations, and I am gratified by today’s announcement.

However, Friedman said, if Biden deserved credit, it was only because the Obama-Biden administration was so hostile to both Israel and the UAE that they realized they had to work together.

“I think the credit that he [Biden] deserves is he was — they were so bad and so hostile to both Israel and the Emirates that it caused both of them to commiserate a little bit, which was something that we were able to take advantage of when the president [Trump] took office,” Friedman said.

“So, to that extent, I think the Obama policy was so terrible that it probably created more of a commonality of interest between Israel and the Emirates.”

The Iran nuclear deal, in particular, which was enthusiastically pushed by the Obama-Biden administration, was a threat to both Israel and the UAE.

Friedman has played a key role in several achievements in U.S. Middle East policy under President Trump, including the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem; the recognition of Israel sovereignty over the Golan Heights; the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal; the new Middle East peace plan that allows Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”), and the creation of a new constellation of pro-U.S. Arab alliances that makes room for Israel in the region.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Netanyahu Praises Israel-UAE Peace Deal: ‘Historic Moment of Breakthrough for Peace’

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached an historic agreement on Thursday to establish full diplomatic relations, the White House announced after trilateral talks between the three countries.

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “HUGE breakthrough today. Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!”

Netanyahu described it as a “historic moment of breakthrough for peace.”

“A new era has opened in Israel’s relations with the Arab world,” he said.

The deal marks the third Arab country to hold diplomatic ties with the Jewish state after Egypt and Jordan. Most of the Arab world does not recognize the existence of Israel.

UAE leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan posted on Twitter: “The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.”

He also added that “an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories.”

However in an address to the nation, Netanyahu said later that there were “no changes” to his plan to apply Israeli law over parts of the West Bank but that Trump had only requested to pause it for now.

“I am committed to [annexation], that has not changed. I put [applying] sovereignty on the table, I worked on it for three years in talks with Trump’s staff and we have brought results. At my request, Trump has included sovereignty in his peace plan.”

“From the beginning, I said that sovereignty would be conducted in full coordination with the U.S.,” he said.

He added that the Trump peace plan is “the first real plan since the Six Day War, which met many demands of Israel that no peace plan to date has taken into account.”

In the address, Netanyahu described the agreement between the two countries as an “official and complete peace.”

According to the Israeli premier, it would pave the way for further peace agreements with Arab countries. “There will be more Arab states joining the peace circle with us,” he said.

He hailed the UAE as “one of the most powerful and advanced countries in the world.”

In outlining the terms of the deal, Netanyahu said the agreement includes “full diplomatic relations, the establishment of embassies, exchange of ambassadors, extensive investments that will benefit the Israeli economy, tourism and aviation – including direct flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi.”

“The United Arab Emirates will invest very significantly in Israel in the development of the coronavirus vaccine,” Netanyahu said. “We will also cooperate in energy, water, environmental protection and many other areas. This is a very important thing for our economy, the economy of the region and our future.”

Trump told reporters after the announcement that agreements between Israel and other Muslim states in the region could be in the offing.

“Things are happening that I can’t talk about,” he said.

Palestinian Authority officials were fuming at the announcement, calling Trump a “donkey” and “audacious,” Israel’s public KAN radio reported.


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