White House senior adviser Jared Kushner celebrated Israel’s new agreement with the United Arab Emirates, saying that the deal made possible by President Trump was a sign of major changes in the region.
The agreement calling on the two countries to normalize relations is only the third peace agreement between Israel and an Arab nation after the treaties with Egypt and Jordan – the most recent was signed in 1994. When asked whether the Israel-UAE deal was a sign that more peace agreements could come in the future. Kushner said the government does not publicly announce private discussions but was optimistic that change will come.
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“This is really a paradigm shift,” said Kushner. “And what President Trump has been trying to do over the past three years is to see that many of the approaches taken in previous Middle Eastern administrations just didn’t work and didn’t serve America’s interests.”
“He tried to align the various countries in the region to their common interests instead of concentrating on historical grievances.”
The agreement calls on countries to set up embassies and send ambassadors and includes flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi. The agreement has already been supported by Egypt, Oman and Bahrain.
Kushner said the deal marked “the culmination of three and a half years of incredible diplomacy by President Trump” and pointed to “critical” steps Trump had taken in the region to build trust that had led to that moment. He made explicit reference to moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which critics falsely predicted as additional instability in the region.
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“This has shown the people in the region that President Trump – unlike previous politicians – keeps his promises and is not bullied into doing things he thinks right,” said Kushner. “And this strength of courage and conviction enabled him to develop very close relationships with our regional allies who had previously been abandoned. And that trust they both had in him enabled them to take this historic step forward. “
Kushner also said that “getting out of the disastrous Iran deal” also helped and that defeating ISIS helped bring stability to the Middle East.
“Going forward, this shows people that things are possible,” added Kushner. “I believe a lot of people in the Middle East have become hopeless because they have just seen years and years of failure and didn’t believe that things could change.” . And so the problems were very much fixed. “
Even so, Kushner said, President Trump “eliminated many of the existing problems and held the region back for years”.
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Ultimately, Kushner said that the Middle Eastern countries really just want the same thing, which is a bright future.
“When you look at the younger generation, whether you are Israeli, Saudi or Emirati, they want a better life,” he said. “And to do that, they need to be in a safe environment, free from terror and radicalizers, and have economic opportunities so that they feel that their children can have better lives than them.” . “