President Trump: Peacemaker?

The Left plays down monumental peace agreements between Israel and Arab states. Where will the peace deals lead?
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a “Keep America Great” campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9.

Yesterday, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a peace accord with the Jewish state of Israel alongside United States President Donald Trump at the White House. President Trump’s helping broker the deal with the U.A.E. is what prompted a member of Norway’s parliament to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize last Wednesday. Then, on Friday, a member of Sweden’s parliament nominated him for a prize to recognize his help in brokering a peace deal between Kosovo and Serbia. Then, on the same day, President Trump announced that he is helping broker a third peace deal between Israel and another Arab state: Bahrain.

These are significant foreign-policy developments. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described it this way:

I am thrilled to announce to you, Israeli citizens, that we will reach a peace agreement tonight with another Arab country, Bahrain. An agreement that joins the historic agreement with the United Arab Emirates. It took us 26 years to go from the second peace agreement with an Arab state [with Jordan in 1994] to reach a third peace agreement [with the U.A.E.]. And it took us not 26 years, but 29 days to go from a third peace agreement with an Arab country to a fourth one. And there will be more.

He also praised President Trump’s deals, saying they were not land-for-peace deals, but peace-for-peace. “All these agreements were reached through hard work behind the scenes for many years,” he said. “They have turned into reality with the very significant help of our friend, U.S. President Donald Trump, and I wish to thank him and his team for this very important assistance.”

These peace agreements are a massive achievement and yet they are getting little news coverage in the United States.

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi poured cold water on the peace negotiations and finished with, “So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases.”

What does this tell you about radical leftists like Speaker Pelosi?

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“Democrats claim the whole world hates and disrespects Trump as much as they do,” a PJ Media commentator wrote. “Yet here he is racking up foreign-policy wins ….”

President Trump boldly called out the media hypocrisy on Monday at his campaign rally near Las Vegas, Nevada, pointing out that the three major television news networks, abc, cbs and nbc, devoted zero minutes of coverage to the fact that their nation’s president was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering international peace deals.

Writers and editors at the Atlantic said that they believe its time to end the Nobel Peace Prize. (They made no such argument after the prize committee awarded it to Israeli leaders and recognized terrorist Yasser Arafat, after they signed a peace agreement with President Bill Clinton.)

President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is doing most of the heavy lifting in orchestrating these peace agreements. The New York Times framed him this way back in February 2017: “Can Jared Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate heir with no diplomatic experience, pull off peace in the Middle East?” If you are familiar with Watch Jerusalem, you know that we are not saying he has “pulled off peace in the Middle East,” but it’s apparent that he has accomplished things that the New York Times would cover exhaustively—if he were a leftist.

It’s becoming more and more clear how leftist media and politicians hate President Trump for disrupting their power so much.

But what about the actual effect of these deals? Will these agreements—and any others to follow—“pull off peace in the Middle East”?

On Tuesday, the New York Times published “In Arab States’ Embrace, Israelis See a Reshaped Mideast,” writing:

Israel’s back-to-back agreements to normalize ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to be marked in a signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday—and the much-buzzed-about possibility that other Arab nations could follow suit—are causing some Israelis to ask whether a deeper shift may, after years in the making, finally be underway in the Middle East. Could their country at last be gaining acceptance in the region as a legitimate member of the neighborhood?

A lot of people can see what is behind leftists’ spin on these peace deals. But almost nobody sees the truth about what the peace deals themselves are leading to.

Those who support the president, like one State Department veteran, say he is actually pulling it off. One said, “I think historians will look back on these two peace agreements as the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict.”

If more peace deals are signed, and if people understand that they are not “a distraction” from covid, more people are going to think that America and Israel are actually extinguishing terrorism and war in the world’s oil well. We will see more “Peace in the Middle East!” headlines.

Here is how our Watch Jerusalem correspondent in Jerusalem, Brent Nagtegaal, wrote about this “embrace” between Arabs and Jews: “The United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations are part of the anti-Iran alliance. In this regard, they find their goals aligning with those of Israel” (“Why the Arabs Embraced the Jews,” Philadelphia Trumpet, October 2020).

This is the key point to realize.

In an interview with Fox News over the weekend, President Trump said the biggest obstacle to signing the recent peace deals was former President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which empowered Iran. He reminded the world of a deal Mr. Obama pushed through that, among other things, unfroze $150 billion in assets and paid Iran $1.8 billion, including a planeload of $400 million in cash.

And the key to understanding what these peace deals will lead to is not the spin from radical leftists, the spin from Trump supporters, or even the more objective viewpoints of good Middle East analysts. The key is Psalm 83:3-4: “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”

This Psalm 83 alliance is the end result of the peace deals Israel is signing and hoping to sign. But its purpose is not about giving Israel “acceptance in the region as a legitimate member of the neighborhood.”

“[A]lthough the Psalm 83 alliance may unite to counter Iran’s rise, the Bible reveals that its main purpose will be very different,” Nagtegaal wrote.

The nations that the Jewish state is ready to sign peace deals with are the very nations that will eventually attack Israel!

These verses indicate that the mainly Sunni “moderate” Arabs will ally together and with Germany, and will take “crafty counsel” to destroy Israel. The scene is not one of enemy nations confronting each other in open war. It is one of deception.

This alliance will conspire to double-cross and destroy Israel. The peace deal between the Gulf states and Israel is leading to the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Based on Psalm 83 and other prophecies, you can expect Israel’s relationship with the moderate Arab states in the Gulf to indeed become stronger as they work to counter Iran’s rise. But you should also expect that once the great Iranian threat is defeated, many of Israel’s allies will turn on it in what will become one of the greatest betrayals in history.

This is where these peace deals are leading!

Even without the deceptions that the leftists are perpetrating, world news is difficult to understand and impossible to predict. But the Creator of human beings has prophesied the future and reveals it to those He calls and who continue to believe and obey Him. Peace deals in the Middle East are hard to come by and president Trump’s efforts are bearing fruit. However, only through biblical understanding can we know the future of such peace agreements.