Psaki on Trump’s Historic Mideast Peace Deals: 'He Didn't Do Anything Constructive'
WH press secretary dismissed President Trump's achievements
As chaos rages on in the Middle East under Joe Biden's watch, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed Donald Trump's historic peace deals in the region did not "do anything constructive."
After he brokered a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in September last year, Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
But Psaki dismissed the achievements, which saw four normalization agreements between Israel and Arab nations in less than half a year.
“Aside from putting forward a peace proposal that was dead on arrival, we don’t think they did anything constructive, really, to bring an end to the longstanding conflict in the Middle East,” Psaki told reporters.
Psaki also slammed Trump for stopping assistance to the Palestinian Authority in 2018, noting Biden has reinstated it.
“We are not following the same tactics of the prior administration,” Psaki said.
“We – the president has reinstated humanitarian assistance and security assistance to the Palestinians.
"That's something that was stopped back in 2018, and we felt was not a constructive action by the prior administration.”
Her remarks about “a peace proposal that was dead on arrival” referred to a Trump initiative that envisaged Israel retaining sovereignty of blocs of Israeli cities and towns built on the disputed territory; a demilitarized Palestinian state including parts of eastern Jerusalem, where its capital would be located; and an extensive economic plan for the Palestinians, to underpin the political agreement to end the conflict.
Psaki responded to reporters suggesting that “the thinking behind” the normalization agreements was, “forget the Palestinians, they’re not a problem.
"We’re just going to move on.”
The Trump administration secured deals between Israel and the following other Arab nations last year:
- The United Arab Emirates
“They are going reopen their liaison offices in Rabat and Tel Aviv immediately with the intention to open embassies,” then-White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told Reuters at the time.
"And they are going to promote economic cooperation between Israeli and Moroccan companies."
Earlier this year, Kushner was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize over his role in President Donald Trump's effort to negotiate deals between Israel and other Middle East nations.