By Randy Tate
The U.S. ambassador to Israel must have done a lot of eye-rolling on Thursday after listening to Joe Biden try to take credit for President Trump’s brokering of a historic peace deal between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates.
The president announced the deal Thursday, which is the first major formalization agreement between Isreal and another Arab country since 1994, when the Israelis signed one with Jordan.
There have been only three. Before Jordan, Israel signed a peace deal with Egypt in 1979.
So truly, getting another is rare — and completely due to the president and his administration.
In fact, U.S. Amb. David Friedman says, the only contribution the former VP made was treating the UAE and Israel so badly they were pushed together to pursue common interests.
Here’s what Biden said, according to Breitbart News:
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.
'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.'
That would be due to the Iran nuclear deal, which many countries in the Middle East found appalling because it empowered Iran to eventually build a bomb.
As for Friedman, Breitbart’s Joel Pollack notes further:
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.
None of which Biden had anything to do with, either.
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