Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in 2016 that there would be no “separate peace between Israel and the Arab world” without resolving the long-running conflict over Palestine.
However, President Trump has managed to achieve some measure, mediating a series of agreements between Israel and Arab countries, including Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
“I’ve heard a few prominent politicians in Israel sometimes say, well, the Arab world is in a different place now. We just have to get to them and we can do some things with the Arab world and we’ll make a deal with the Palestinians,” Kerry said at the 2016 Saban forum. , hosted by the Brookings Institution around 12:20 p.m. “No, no, no and no. I want to explain that to you all very clearly.”
The conversation is titled, “Challenges for the Trump Administration in the Middle East.”
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Trump signed peace treaties in August when he helped formalize an agreement on “full normalization of relations” between Israel and the UAE.
As part of the agreement, Israel said it would “suspend the declaration of sovereignty over the areas outlined in the president’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim worlds.”
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The two nations did not reach a conclusion on tensions between Israel and Palestine, but vowed to continue their efforts to “achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Trump then helped negotiate peace agreements between Israel and Bahrain in September and Israel and Sudan in October. Iran, Turkey and Palestine have condemned the deals. The Palestinians are seeking a two-state solution with Israel.
Kerry, elected climate emperor by newly elected President Joe Biden, also helped former President Barack Obama negotiate Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, which proposed lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for his commitment to a significant reduction in nuclear capabilities.
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The Trump administration withdrew from the agreement in 2018, saying that Iran did not fulfill its promise and that it therefore poses a threat to American national security.
Some foreign policy experts suggest Biden will return to the deal when he takes office.
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Morgan Phillips of Fox News contributed to this report.