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US President Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work bringing peace to the Middle East, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, put forward the nomination. Tybring-Gjedde cited Trump's work creating an accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which is normalizing relations between those two countries.
While Tybring-Gjedde noted that he is "not a big Trump supporter," he stated that it was Trump's merit as a negotiator, his work "trying to create peace between nations," that led him to make this nomination. He said that Trump has done more in this area "than most other Peace Prize nominees."
Writing in The Post Millennial, Matthew Azrieli stated his belief that Trump should receive the prize. Azrieli said that "Trump created a clear path to peace for the entire Middle East, without a single life being lost in the process. This has never been done before, and is a praise-worthy achievement."
Azrieli noted that Trump was able to handle these negotiations while realizing what Israel and its Arab neighbours valued most, and the deal made sure both were able to retain them.
For Israel, it was security which could not be surrendered, while for the Arab nations it was their dignity. Trump created a peace between them that retained both of these necessities.
In his nomination letter, Tybring-Gjedde cited Trump's other international diplomatic achievements, noting his "key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties... such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea."
The prize will be awarded on December 10, as it is every year. The Nobel committee notes, however, that nominees' names are not disclosed until 50 years afterwards, per a confidentiality clause.
Tybring-Gjedde said that the "committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts—not on the way he behaves sometimes."
"Obama did nothing," he told Fox News, when comparing the two men's achievements. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Barack Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
For his part in the latest negotiations toward peace in the Middle East, Trump first secured a new understanding between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. As a result, the first planes flew between the two nations on August 31. Bahrain allowed the plane to cross its airspace.
The New York Times claimed that peace between these nations was not reason to celebrate, because it did not create an adequate scenario for the creation of a Palestinian state. "In signing on to the deal, the United Arab Emirates shattered a decades-long Arab League policy by normalizing relations with Israel, without Israel ending its military rule over Palestinians and without a permanent regional peace treaty. Unlike the agreements Israel signed with Egypt and Jordan — to return land to those countries — the U.A.E. deal comes at no cost to Israel, which left many baffled as to why the U.A.E. would make such a move." Politico scoffed at the deal as well.
Yet, Bahrain and Oman are likely to be the next Middle Eastern nations that will normalize relations with Israel, after decades upon decades of strife in the region between the only Jewish state and its Arab counterparts. Saudi Arabia hailed the deal, and Sudan is also believed to be willing to follow the path of peace with Israel.
The establishment of "full diplomatic relations" between Israel and UAE, which required that Israel cease West Bank annexation plans, resulted in the opening of phone lines between the two nations, an joint agreement between two Israeli and Emirati companies to collaborate on COVID-19 vaccine research and development, as well as the opening of travel between the countries.