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Juan Williams: Israel peace deals are ‘accelerating’ the ‘chance of war’ in the Middle East

Fox News contributor Juan Williams made the case Tuesday that recent peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain brokered by President Donald Trump are actually “accelerating” the “chance of war” in the Middle East.

President Trump has been lauded by many for his role in brokering the deals, which officially normalized relations between Israel and the two Middle Eastern countries. The president was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for securing the deal between Israel and the UAE.

But Williams, a Trump critic, interpreted the news of peace much differently.

Williams presented his argument on Fox News’ “The Five” while the panelists were discussing recent remarks made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in which she called the deals a “distraction.”

“It is [a distraction],” Williams said. “The real trouble here is between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and that situation has not been helped. What we’re doing here in this situation is we have the Bahrainians and the United Arab Emirates, they already had diplomatic, security and trade ties with Israel … and it opens the door to some possibilities.”

“The real action here is the United States giving arms, giving serious arms to UAE potentially to go after the Iranians,” he argued. “And so what we’re doing is stirring up a proxy war, and that doesn’t diminish the chance of war or disruption in the Middle East — it accelerates it.”

You can watch his comments in the video below starting at the 5:10 mark:


‘The Five’ blast Pelosi for calling Middle East peace deal a ‘distraction’

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“So I think we have to just look honestly at this,” he continued. “We have to note that it’s taking place in the midst of an intense American election and that what’s going on at the White House. I don’t think anybody is fooled by it. There certainly is reason for hope, but let’s not fool ourselves.”

It is true that some conflict has already arisen as a result of the peace deals. On Tuesday, as the deal was being signed at the White House, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket attack on Israel, injuring two people.

But it is particularly difficult to make the case that peace agreements should be to blame for violence. Violent offenders should be blamed for violence, which, in this case, would be the Palestinian militants.

After Williams finished, fellow Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, chided his comments, saying, “Well you would hope the normalization of Arab countries against the Israeli state that they wanted to annihilate previously would be a good thing, but we’ll move on.”

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Donna Brazile says Fox News’ Juan Williams ‘gave me the fist bump’ after her ‘go to hell’ tirade against Republican chairwoman

Fox News contributor Donna Brazile said Juan Williams, a longtime analyst for the cable network, “gave me the fist bump” after her on-air tirade Tuesday in which she told Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to “go to hell.”

What are the details?

Later in the day during a Super Tuesday panel, Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Brazile about her comments to McDaniel.

“I just want to say that your tone has changed a little bit,” he told Brazile. “You came in here a little bit hot and bothered … and you were spicy today, and you had a little dust-up with Ronna McDaniel early on. Can you just explain that?”

After noting that “I’m a forgiving kind of person,” Brazile broke things down.

“I want to thank Chris Wallace and Brit Hume and Juan Williams. Yes, all three men,” she told Baier and the panel. “Juan gave me the fist bump, Chris gave me the talk, and Brit reminded me that, you know, sometimes … you shouldn’t call people outright. But let me just say this: As long as I’m alive, I’m gonna speak truth to power.”

Brazile — who briefly served as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee — also said McDaniel needs to “respect” how the Democrats go about their business.

“And I wanna make sure that the chairwoman, I know what her job is like, but I want her to understand, to respect the process on the Democratic side,” she said, adding, “Democracy is messy, but do not tell the world that the Democratic Party is trying to rig it for one candidate. We’re trying to make sure everybody gets a delegate. That’s why I said, ‘Put down that one for [Democratic presidential candidate] Tulsi [Gabbard].'”



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What’s the background?

On Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” McDaniel weighed in on the Democratic presidential primary, saying, “It does depend on how big the lead that [Bernie] Sanders takes out of California is, if he picks up a huge proportion of delegates, but I don’t see anybody getting out soon, and it’s leading toward potentially a brokered [DNC] convention, which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on that second vote.”

Brazile — who infamously shared debate questions with Hillary Clinton ahead of time during the Democratic primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016 — reacted to McDaniel’s suggestion to co-hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith.

“First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans,” Brazile began. “First of all, stay the hell out of our race. Stay the hell out of our race. I get sick and tired, Ed and Sandra, of listening to Republicans tell me and the Democrats about our process. First of all, they don’t have a process. They’re canceling primaries. They have winner take all. They don’t have the kind of democracy that we see on the Democratic side. And for people to use Russian talking points to sow division among Americans — that is stupid.”

Then she lowered the boom: “So, Ronna, go to hell! This is not about — no, go to hell, I’m tired of it, Ed. … We are not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee.”

How did McDaniel respond?

McDaniel responded to Brazile’s “go to hell” rant on Twitter:

“It’s ok, @donnabrazile,” she wrote. “I’d be having a bad day too if my party was still hopelessly divided. Talk of a brokered convention and the DNC trying to stop Bernie obviously hit a little close to home.”

McDaniel added more reactions later on.

“It’s never fun to have your teenagers come home from school and say, ‘Hey mom, you’re trending on social media because some woman said you should go to heck.’ But that being said, politics is a contact sport, and you know, I think Donna was out of line with her response,” McDaniel said, according to the Washington Examiner. “Of course, we all recognize that the Democrats did put the thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of Donna, because of the book that she wrote, she exposed that.”

McDaniel also said she “felt very in my lane saying that this is happening. I don’t think it’s something that we can’t discuss, and I think her response was a little out of line and disproportionate to my comments earlier today,” the paper noted.

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