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Video flashback: Obama alum John Kerry proved dead wrong by President Trump’s Israel peace deals

Former Secretary of State John Kerry once declared, “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world.”

That emphatic statement — which the former Obama administration official and now Joe Biden surrogate called a “hard reality” at the time — appears to have been dead wrong.

The proof: Over the course of about a month, President Trump brokered two separate peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel and Bahrain. On Tuesday, the president even added that “five or six” more Arab countries were ready to follow suit.

Kerry’s backward comments came in 2016 while he was speaking at the Brookings Institution’s annual Saban Forum.

In a resurfaced clip of the comments, first shared by Institute for Policy & Strategy senior fellow Udi Evental, Kerry can be heard amazingly prophesying the exact opposite of what would come to pass four years later.

“There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world. I want to make that very clear to all of you,” Kerry said. “I’ve heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying, ‘Well, the Arab world’s in a different place now. We just have to reach out to them and we can work some things with the Arab world, and we’ll deal with the Palestinians.’ No, no, no, and no.”

“I can tell you that, reaffirmed even in the last week, as I have talked to leaders of the Arab community. There will be no advance and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace,” he continued. “Everybody needs to understand that. That is a hard reality.”

Kerry, who also once wrongly predicted that Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be an unmitigated disaster, was widely panned for the cold take.

“John Kerry with a 2016 Middle East take that aged like milk in a sauna,” Tablet Magazine associate editor Noam Blum said in the tweet above.

“Has anyone been more abjectly wrong about something?” National Review contributor Pradheep Shanker asked.

Hudson Institute senior fellow Rebeccah Heinrich wrote: “Exactly backwards. Remarkable.”

Ed Morrissey, covering the news at Hot Air, wrote:

It’s tough to choose what is the most embarrassing quality of this Kerry declaration from four years ago on the impossibility of what Trump has achieved. Is it his dead certainty of his own position? The way Kerry uses his cheaters to look down on the audience in his faux-professorial manner? The way he condescendingly dismisses politicians in Israel who actually turned out to be right, and to whom Kerry should have listened? It’s an abundance of riches, my friends, an abundance of riches in 44 seconds.

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President Trump says ‘5 or 6’ more countries are ready to make peace with Israel

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that “five or six” more countries — in addition to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — are ready to make peace with Israel.

The comments followed historic agreements brokered by the president that normalized relations between the lone Jewish state in the Middle East and two of its Arab neighbors.

While speaking with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House ahead of the signing ceremony for the Abraham Accords, Trump said, “We’re very far down the road with about five additional countries … frankly, I think we could have had them here today.

“We’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly and we’re already talking to them,” Trump continued.

“They want to see peace,” he said. “They’ve been fighting for a long time. They’re tired. They’re warring countries but they’re tired, they’re tired of fighting. So you’re going to be seeing further announcements.”

WATCH: Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

“You’re going to see a lot of great activity. There’s going to be peace in the Middle East,” Trump said later in the meeting.

The president noted that only two Arab nations, Egypt and Jordan, had made peace with Israel over the past 72 years. But now that number has doubled in the span of one month.

Trump has been lauded by many for his role in brokering the peace agreements between Israel and its Middle East neighbors. He was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions to secure the deal between Israel and the UAE.

If it is true that several other nations are prepared to follow suit with the UAE and Bahrain, it would become increasingly difficult for critics of the president to deny his peace-making success, though they almost certainly will try.

As for Netanyahu, he seemed elated with the developments.

“Israel doesn’t feel isolated at all,” he said, responding to a question from reporters. “It’s enjoying the greatest diplomatic triumph of its history.

“I think the people who feel isolated,” Netanyahu said, “are the tyrants of Tehran.”

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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’

“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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President Trump announces another Middle East peace deal — this time between Israel and Bahrain

President Donald Trump announced another peace deal Friday, as Israel and Bahrain established diplomatic relations just weeks after a similar agreement was struck between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Fox News reported.

Bahrain becomes just the fourth country in the region to establish formal peaceful ties with Israel, joining Egypt, Jordan, and UAE. President Trump was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the deal between Israel and UAE.

“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East,” a joint statement from the U.S., Bahrain, and Israel said. “Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region.”

The announcement of the deal comes on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and President Trump pointed out the significance of pushing for peace in the region.

“There’s no more powerful response to the hatred that spawned 9/11 than this agreement,” Trump said.

CNN reported that officials believe this deal could be significant toward a potential agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia, since Bahrain is viewed in some ways as an extension of Saudi Arabia:

Bahrain, a tiny island nation that is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, is regarded in some ways as an extension of Saudi Arabia, partly because they are physically linked by a causeway but also because the Bahraini monarchy is heavily reliant on Riyadh.

Officials said the agreement with Israel announced on Friday could likely not have happened without Saudi Arabia’s blessing, signaling that Bahrain may serve as a test case for a future Saudi-Israel deal.

A signing ceremony that will include Bahrain, UAE, and Israel is scheduled on Tuesday.

The White House emphasized the impact of the agreements as Trump runs for reelection, pointing out the historic nature of the peace deals and using them as examples of the president’s desire to end long-term conflicts in the region.

“This is an extraordinary achievement,” White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told Fox News. “The president made the first major breakthrough like this in 26 years. In less than a month, he’s made yet another one.”

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Ex-Obama adviser Ben Rhodes rips Trump’s Israel-UAE deal on Twitter — and gets summarily trounced

When President Donald Trump announced the “historic” peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, many rightly took notice — even on the left — calling the agreement “major” and a “big win” for Trump and for peace in the Middle East.

Except for Ben Rhodes, that is, a former deputy national security adviser for the Obama administration.

Instead, Rhodes — who is best known for his work on the infamous 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which President Trump withdrew from in 2018 — took to Twitter to downplay the deal, and was swiftly slammed for his complaints.

“This agreement enshrines what has been the emerging status quo in the region for a long time (including the total exclusion of Palestinians),” Rhodes wrote. “Dressed up as an election eve achievement from two leaders who want Trump to win.”

To many, the remarks reeked of bitterness over the Trump administration accomplishing some form of a peace agreement in the Middle East, something which the Obama administration was unable to achieve.

K.T. McFarland, a former deputy national security adviser for Trump, wrote that Rhodes’ tweet should get him nominated for the “#SourGrapes Award.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suggested that Rhodes is unhappy with the deal because it “(1) is good for Israel, (2) doesn’t give [money] to Iran, and (3) doesn’t undermine America.”

National Review writer David Harsanyi added that it was “important to get the Iranian perspective.”

Former acting National Intelligence Director Richard Grenell wrote that Rhodes’ disapproval is a sign that “you have a good agreement.”

Benjamin Weingarten, a senior contributor at the Federalist, wrote, “the mullahs couldn’t ask for a better mouthpiece.”

Even Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), a fellow Obama administration alum, disagreed with Rhodes’ take on the deal, RealClearInvestigations writer Mark Hemingway pointed out.

Aside from Rhodes, Palestinian leaders denounced the deal as well. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it “treason” while Palestinian militant organization, Hamas referred to the deal as a “treacherous stab in the back of the Palestinian people.”

“The deal makes the UAE only the third Arab nation to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994,” TheBlaze reported on Thursday.

(H/T: Fox News)

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Trump brokers ‘historic’ deal establishing diplomacy between Israel and UAE and suspending West Bank annexation

President Donald Trump announced Thursday a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates that establishes diplomatic relations between the two countries and suspends Israel’s plans to annex Palestinian territories in the West Bank, Axios reported.

The deal makes the UAE only the third Arab nation to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

President Trump mediated the deal along with senior adviser Jared Kushner, special Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel.

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” a joint statement from the U.S., Israel, and the UAE read. “All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement.”

Perhaps the most significant common challenge the nations face, which at least partially drove this deal, is Iran. Although Israel has struggled to establish diplomatic relationships in the region over the years, antagonism toward Iran has become a uniting factor in the region.

In his statement about the deal, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed emphasized the aspect of the deal that calls for Israel to abandon plans to continue annexation the West Bank. He notably referred to the deal as a step toward a bilateral relationship, rather than saying the deal firmly establishes that relationship on its own.

“During a call with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories,” he wrote on Twitter. “The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.”

Going forward, officials from Israel and the UAE will meet to flesh out the details of their relationship, and Israel will pursue further improvement of relations in the region.

“As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim World,” the statement read.

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US officials: New intel shows the Taliban has no intentions of abiding by peace deal

The U.S. government has collected “persuasive intelligence” that the Taliban do not intend to honor commitments it made in recent peace deal negotiations with the United States, NBC News reported Friday afternoon.

“They have no intention of abiding by their agreement,” one official who was briefed on the intel told the news outlet. Two other officials reportedly described the intelligence as explicit evidence demonstrating the Taliban’s true intentions.

The report did not go into further detail about the nature of the intelligence or about what it indicated the Taliban’s plans to be.

The peace deal signed between the U.S. and the Taliban last week signaled the end of a decadeslong war in Afghanistan. The U.S., along with Britain, agreed to gradually withdraw all their troops from the country and the Taliban were to honor the cease-fire and to enter into negotiations with the Afghan government.

At the time, President Trump acknowledged the possibility that the Taliban would renege on those promises and overrun the country once the U.S. military withdrew.

“Well, you know, eventually countries have to take care of themselves,” Trump recently told reporters at the White House. “We can’t be there for the next — another 20 years. We’ve been there for 20 years, and we’ve been protecting the country … eventually they’re going to have to protect themselves.”

“You can only hold somebody’s hand for so long. We have to get back to running our country, too,” he added.

The United States first sent armed forces into Afghanistan in 2001 in response to the September 11 attacks in New York City. Those attacks, which killed over 3,000 Americans, were carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists who the Taliban allowed to operate within the country.

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Breaking: President Trump to end Afghanistan War after 18 years in peace deal with the Taliban

President Donald Trump will complete a campaign promise and end America’s longest war, the Afghanistan War, in a brokered peace deal with the Taliban.

US officials are set to sign the deal on Saturday.

“Nearly 19 years ago, American service members went to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks. In that time, we have made great progress in Afghanistan, but at great cost to our brave service members, to the American taxpayers, and to the people of Afghanistan,” said Trump in a statement on Friday.

“When I ran for office,” he added, “I promised the American people I would begin to bring our troops home, and seek to end this war. We are making substantial progress on that promise.”

The Afghanistan War began in 2001 when President George W. Bush ordered the assault on terrorist elements. The bombings were in response to the 9/11 attacks by al Qaeda that killed almost 3,000 Americans.

The war has cost the US more than $750 billion.

The president told reporters that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will personally witness the signing of the peace deal. It is unclear if the president will have any personal involvement with the signing with representatives of the Taliban.

In September, the president revealed in a tweet that he had called off a secret meeting with members of the Taliban at Camp David after an attack that took the lives of several US military members.

“Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people,” he tweeted. “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?”

The Taliban responded to the cancelled meeting by claiming it would lead to more US deaths. Only five months later, the president announced the peace deal.

Trump made it a campaign promise to end the United States’ involvement in “endless wars” during the 2016 presidential campaign.

That promise to the American voters will be completed on Saturday.

Here’s the latest on the peace deal: