Biden Attempts to Take Credit for Trump's Historic Peace Deal in Middle East
Former vice president tries to steal Trump's thunder
Former Vice President Joe Biden has not achieved a fraction of what President Donald Trump has in 4 years despite being in the Senate for decades.
But that doesn't stop Biden from trying to steal Trump's thunder.
Biden claimed he had already laid the groundwork for the president's achievement.
Biden said in a statement that he and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) would build on the deal if elected but then claimed he and former President Barack Obama deserved some credit for the peace deal.
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.
But despite Biden's remarks, the Israel-UAE peace deal was all but impossible during the Obama-Biden administration for two reasons:
1. Obama and Biden insisted on criticizing and condemning Israel, creating distance” between the U.S. and the Israeli government. Biden frequently attacked Israel over its housing policy in Jerusalem.
2. The Iran nuclear deal “agreement” was never signed by anyone, allowed Iran to become a nuclear power, and did nothing to stop Iran from threatening the Sunni Arab states.
As a result, the U.S leverage with the Sunni Arab states.
So much so, Israel and the UAE moved closer during the Obama-Biden administration, allowing Iran to become a greater threat to both.
Obama’s contempt for Israel was pretty obvious.
Michael Oren, who served as Israel’s U.S. ambassador from 2009 to 2013, wrote that while Obama spoke with Jeffrey Goldberg, whom Oren described as Obama’s “conduit on all things Israel-related,” Obama “warned Israel of its growing isolation in the world and vulnerability to boycotts.”
Goldberg told Charlie Rose, “I took it to be a little bit of a veiled threat."
He said it was Obama’s way of saying, “nice little Jewish state you got there, I’d hate to see something happen to it.”
But on Thursday, Trump reversed the Obama-Biden administration’s anti-Israel policies, withdrew from the Iran deal, and built a new regional alliance that united the Sunni Arab states against Iran, making room for Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reported on Trump's historic move:
Israel and the UAE agreed to full normalization of relations in a phone call with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, marking the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years.
Israel agreed to suspend its planned extension of sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria to facilitate relations with the UAE and potentially other Arab and Muslim countries.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “full, formal peace” with “one of the strongest countries in the world.”
“Together, we can bring a wonderful future. It is an incomparably exciting moment,” Netanyahu said.
“I have the great privilege to make the third peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country, the UAE.”