While there is still a long road ahead before peace can be declared in the region, the Trump administration is being praised for its role in helping to broker a deal that will normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
As Washington Times opinion editor Charlie Hurt explained in a recent interview, the president’s unorthodox style of negotiating was likely a central factor in the ability to reach this point in the ongoing quest for peace, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“They don’t like who he talks to”
Hurt weighed in on the significance of the historic Abraham Accords during an appearance Tuesday on Fox News.
“President Trump’s critics are always going into hysterics about how he does things differently,” he said. “They don’t like who he talks to. They don’t like how he talks, but this right here, this is the fruit of somebody doing something differently.”
Meanwhile, he asserted that the positive impact of the recent accord is being downplayed by some major media outlets.
“I think a lot of people in the media are loath to give him credit for anything,” Hurt said. “The New York Times tried to sort of dismiss this development today as some sort of a gift from Bibi Netanyahu to President Trump in an election year, as if Bibi Netanyahu hasn’t fought for peace for his country for his entire political career. But it’s just that stinginess that we see.”
Nevertheless, Trump and many of his supporters around the globe are heralding the progress as an important step in the right direction.
“One of the great masterminds of peace”
As for the president, he signaled during the recent accord-signing ceremony that the administration was already “very far along” in discussions with as many as six other nations that might also be joining the deal.
According to Hurt, Trump could turn out to be “one of the great masterminds of peace” in world history if other nations join in the accords.
“When you develop a real economy in the Middle East that Israel is sort of a linchpin in, that really opens up an opportunity for others to come out into the light of peace, and if that happens and the media can be fair about it, President Trump will go down in history as one of the great masterminds of peace in the world,” he said. “Again, if he gets credit for it.”
With negative news coverage hovering at about 95% according to one estimate, however, that last caveat might carry with it a bigger “if” than many people think.
Even Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is praising the deals, which might be a sign that even the typically anti-Trump media might not be able to completely ignore this huge development.