The Trump Administration Scores Another Win for Peace

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From The White House  – November 03, 2020


“We congratulate Sudan, Israel, and the United States on another landmark diplomatic agreement. The exchange of full diplomatic relations between Sudan and Israel is the third such Israeli-Arab agreement in two months. This achievement is not only historic but also morally and mutually beneficial,” the Washington Examiner editorial board writes.
 
“These are real and significant diplomatic triumphs for which the Trump administration deserves much credit . . . . Well done, Sudan. Well done, Israel. Well done, America.”
 
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“Last week’s rioting in Philadelphia barely registered on the national consciousness. In two days of mayhem, over 200 business establishments—liquor stores, Dollar Stores, sneaker stores, banks, clothing stores, and restaurants—were looted and torched; 57 officers were injured,” Heather Mac Donald writes. “Putting a lid on such reporting is not a public service.” Read more in City Journal.

“No matter where you stand, the truth is that arbitrarily halting oil and natural gas development would do serious harm to our economy, jeopardize America’s post-pandemic recovery, and deny ourselves of a critical innovation engine for cleaner technologies,” Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette writes for The Hill.

“Progressives in California in recent years have strengthened property rights—to other people’s property. Shoplifting has essentially been decriminalized, and retailers that apprehend thieves can be sued . . . In short, trying to protect one’s property can be a criminal offense,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

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Five Stories President Trump Doesn’t Want You to Miss

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How Trump Changed the World
The Washington Free Beacon
“There is no greater measure of presidential significance than a chief executive’s ability to transform not just his own but also the opposing party. When it comes to the Middle East and China, the Democrats are closer to Donald Trump today than they were at the outset of his term,” American Enterprise Institute fellow Matthew Continetti writes.
 
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Coronavirus Vaccine — We’ll Get One and Here’s Why We Trust the Science
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Operation Warp Speed, “which uses federal research dollars to supplement and accelerate private companies’ vaccine development efforts, could now be mere months away from having a COVID-19 vaccine approved and ready to save lives,” write Reps. Phil Roe, Brad Wenstrup, Andy Harris, and Larry Bucshon, who are all physicians.
 
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The Higher Wages of Growth
-The Wall Street Journal
“In case you missed it, and most of the media did, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the median household income in 2019 grew a whopping 6.8%—the largest annual increase on record . . .  Lower-income workers and minorities benefited from faster growth and a tighter labor market before the pandemic,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

US Will Protect Citizens and Defend Sovereignty Against International Court
-Fox News
“Multilateral organizations must be held to high standards . . . The International Criminal Court, in its present form, is inherently susceptible to political bias, manipulation and corruption. It neither serves American interests, nor the interests of its member states that genuinely want justice for war criminals,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo writes.

Education Department Opens Investigation into Princeton University After President Deems Racism ‘Embedded’ in the School
-Washington Examiner
The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into Princeton University after school president Christopher Eisgruber wrote an open letter alleging that racism persists at Princeton. “What the [Department of Education] seeks to obtain from its investigation is what evidence Princeton used in its determination that the university is racist, including all records regarding Eisgruber’s letter,” Tiana Lowe reports.
 
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What They Are Saying: The Historic Deal Between Israel And Bahrain

Critics Of The Deal

Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “A Distraction.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 9/11/20)

Iran’s Foreign Ministry: A “Shameful Move” (“Iran Says Bahrain Normalizing Ties With Israel ‘Shameful,’” Reuters, 9/12/20)

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Democrats In Congress

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “I Applaud Israel’s Success In Securing Normalized Relations With Bahrain … [A] Breakthrough …” (Press Release, Hoyer Statement On The Israel-Bahrain Agreement, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, 9/11/20)

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-NY): “These Recent Agreements Demonstrate Courage, Vision, And Hope For A More Peaceful World.”(Press Release, “Engel Statement On Israel-Bahrain Agreement,” House Foreign Affairs Committee, 9/11/20)

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV): “Today’s News Is A Continuation Of Developments In The Middle East That May Ultimately Lead To Lasting Peace In The Region … I Applaud Those Who Helped To Secure This Agreement.” (Sen. Jacky Rosen, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL): “Today’s Announcement Is Another Historic Step Forward For Long-Term Peace In The Middle East.”(Rep. Alcee Hastings, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL): “The Announcement Today About The Historic Israeli-Bahrain Agreement Shows Further Progress In Moving Towards A More Peaceful Middle East.” (Rep. Dan Lipinski, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Middle Eastern Leaders & Governments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “We Wouldn’t Come To This Historic Moment Without The Forceful Leadership Of President Trump And His Able Team.” (Ron Dermer, Twitter, 9/12/20)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin: “The #Agreement Between Israel And The United Arab Emirates Has Opened A New Chapter In The Middle East… [A] Wonderful Achievement” (Reuven Rivlin, Twitter, 9/12/20)

  • Israeli Ambassador To The UN Gilad Erdan: “Another Historic Day For Israel And The Arab World … We Are Witnessing The Beginning Of A New Era In The Middle East!”  (Ambassador Gilad Erdan, Twitter, 9/11/20)
     
  • Israeli Ambassador To The U.S. Ron Dermer: “Thanks To The Leaders Of The United Arab Emirates And Bahrain For This Historic Breakthrough And To @POTUS Trump For Confronting Iran And Helping Transform Our Region For The Better.” (Ron Dermer, Twitter, 9/11/20)
     
  • Israeli Diplomat Dr. Ron Malka: “Exciting News! #Israel And #Bahrain Agreed To Establish Full Diplomatic Relations. Another Milestone That Symbolizes The Prolonged Effort Of Our Leaders And Our Close Friends For A Comprehensive #Peace & Prosperity In Our Region.” (Dr. Ron Malka, Twitter, 9/12/20)

Media Advisor To The King Of Bahrain, Nabeel Al-Hamer: “Bahrain Normalizing Relations With Israel Affirms That A Fair And Lasting Peace Is The Best Way To Guarantee Palestinian Rights.” (“Bahrain-Israel normalization Shows Peace Is Way To Palestinian Rights,” Reuters, 9/11/20)

The United Arab Emirates Ministry Of Foreign Affairs: “Today Marks Another Significant And Historic Achievement Which Will Contribute Enormously To The Stability And Prosperity Of The Region.” (Hend Al Otaiba, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi: The Agreement Will Help Establish “Stability And Peace In The Middle East.” (Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Twitter, 9/11/20)

European Leaders & Governments

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “Bahrain And Israel’s Decision To Normalize Relations Is Extremely Welcome News.” (Boris Johnson, Twitter, 9/12/20)

  • U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab: “I Warmly Welcome The Normalisation Of Relations Between Bahrain And Israel … I Hope Others Will Follow In These Steps To Further Progress Towards Middle East Peace.” (Dominic Raab, Twitter, 9/11/20)

European Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Joseph Borrell: “The EU Welcomes The Announced Establishment Of Diplomatic Relations Between The Kingdom Of Bahrain And Israel … These Developments Represent A Positive Contribution To Peace And Stability In The Middle East.” (Press Release, “Bahrain/Israel: Declaration By The High Representative On Behalf Of The European Union On The Establishment Of Diplomatic Relations,” Council Of The European Union, 9/12/20)

Czech Republic Ministry Of Foreign Affairs: “Along With The #Israeli-Emirati Normalization, This Historical Step Can Further Strengthen Hope For The Ever So Needed Cooperation And Peace Between Countries In The Middle East, Providing New Impetus For Negotiations On Resolving The #Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” (Czech Republic Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Twitter, 9/12/20)

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: “The Establishment Of Diplomatic Relations Between Israel And Bahrain Is One More Important Step Towards Peace In The Region.” (Heiko Maas, Twitter, 9/12/20)

Other World Leaders

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne: “This Is A Positive And Important Step Toward Enhancing Middle East Peace, Stability And Security.” (Francois-Phillippe Champagne, Twitter, 9/12/20)

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne: “Australia Welcomes The Historic Announcement Of The Normalisation of Relations Between Israel & Bahrain. It Is A Courageous Step Forward For Peace & Security In The Middle East.” (Marise Payne, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Commentators, Reporters, & News Organization

The Washington Post’s David Ignatius: “Dominoes Are Falling In The Middle East In The Right Direction For A Change … [The Deal Is] A Building Block For A Better Future.” (David Ignatius, Op-Ed,  “Bahrain’s Diplomatic Agreement With Israel Is Building Block Toward Middle East Stability,” The Washington Post, 9/11/20)

The Associated Press’Matthew Lee: “Another Diplomatic Win For Trump.” (Matthew Lee, “Bahrain Becomes Latest Arab Nation To Recognize Israel,” The Associated Press, 9/11/20)

New York Post’s Steven Nelson: “Another Major Achievement For Trump.” (Steven Nelson, “Bahrain Reportedly Will Be Fourth Arab Country To Recognize Israel,” The New York Post, 9/11/20)

BBC News: “A Landmark Deal.” (“Israel And Bahrain Agree To Normalise Relations,” BBC News, 9/11/20)

Sky News’ Mark Stone: A “Historic Move That Marks The Latest Dramatic Shift In Middle East Alliances.” (Mark Stone, “Bahrain Set To Normalise Diplomatic Relations With Israel In Historic Move,” Sky News, 9/11/20)

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera: “Can Democrats Join Republicans To Congratulate @realDonaldTrump On The Peace Deals Between Israel, The UAE & Now Bahrain. Plus, Between Kosovo & Serbia. Peace Is Breaking Out. Credit Where Credit Is Due, No?” (Geraldo Rivera, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Foreign Policy Voices

Obama-Biden Administration Ambassador To Israel Dan Shapiro: “Normalization Between Israel And Arab States Is A Good Thing, Full Stop.” (Dan Shapiro, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes: “Bahrain Agreeing To A Peace Deal With Israel Is Hugely Important. It Means That The UAE Is Not Isolated But Part Of A Larger Movement.” (Daniel Pipes, Twitter, 9/11/20)

UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer: “Inspiring News.” (Hillel Neuer, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Founding Chairman Of Quilliam Maajid Nawaz: “Peace In The Middle East Is Coming.” (Maajid Nawaz, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Associate Dean And Director Of Global Social Action Agenda For The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Abraham Cooper: “President Trump Deserves The Nobel Peace Prize For His Efforts To Establish Peaceful Relations Between Israel And Its Arab Neighbors.” (Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Op-Ed, “Bahrain-Israel Deal Shows Why Trump Deserves Nobel Peace Prize,” Fox News, 9/11/20)

Gold Institute For International Strategy Senior Fellow Matthew Brodsky: “More Excellent News From The Middle East, Brought To You By Trump, Jared Kushner, & His Tireless Peace Team.” (Matthew Brodskey, Twitter, 9/11/20)

The Jewish & Pro-Israel Community

American Israel Public Affairs Committee: “We Thank @POTUS And His Administration For The Determined Diplomatic Effort To Help Bring About The Momentous Breakthrough In Recent Weeks As Both The United Arab Emirates And Bahrain Join Egypt And Jordan In Paving The Path To Peace Through Recognition And Engagement …” (AIPAC, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Anti-Defamation League: A “Historic Announcement … On The Heels Of Last Month’s Historic UAE-Israel Agreement.” (ADL, Twitter, 9/11/20)

American Jewish Committee: A “Momentous Decision.” (“AJC Salutes Bahrain, Israel Peace Agreement,” AJC, 9/11/20)

  • American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris: “Electrifying News! … Winds Of Peace Are Blowing Ever Stronger In The M. East.” (David Harris, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Conference Of Presidents Of Major American Jewish Organizations CEO William Daroff: “As We Celebrate The Bahrain-Israel Peace Agreement, I Salute Former Bahrain Foreign Minister @khalidalkhalifa For His Forward-Looking Engagement With The American Jewish Community.” (William Daroff, Twitter, 9/11/20)

The Center For Israel And Jewish Affairs: “Another Historic Turning Point In Arab-Israeli Relations.” (CIJA, Twitter, 9/11/20)

Israeli-American Philanthropist Adam Milstein: “…Another Diplomatic Win For The President Coming After A Similar Agreement With The United Arab Emirates Just Last Month.” (Adam Milstein, Twitter, 9/11/20)

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) Chairman, Mark Leibler: “This Is A Watershed, Historic Move, Coming So Quickly On The Heels Of The Agreement Announced Between Israel And The United Arab Emirates Last Month.” (Press Release, “AIJAC Welcomes Announcement Of Israel-Bahrain Ties,” AIJAC, 9/12/20)

Head Of The Jewish Community In Bahrain, Ebrahim Dahood Nonoo: “…The Bahraini Jewish Community, Congratulates Our Leadership On This Momentous Occasion…” (Omni Nahmias, “Bahrain Agrees To Normalize Relations With Israel, Trump Announces,” The Jerusalem Post, 9/12/20)

Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, And Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference Of Presidents Of Major American Jewish Organizations: “…We Commend President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, And​ King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa For Furthering The Cause Of Peace.” (Cody Levine And Monri Nahmias, “Jewish Organizations Praise Israel-Bahrain Normalization Agreement,” The Jerusalem Post, 9/12/20)

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The Israel-UAE Deal Proves That President Trump’s Foreign Policy is Working

The White House – August 20, 2020

“President Trump has so far been a remarkably successful foreign-policy president. His success lies in his ability to identify America’s national interest clearly and pursue it without regard to outdated ideological investments,” Daniel McCarthy writes in The American Conservative.
 
From China to Iran to the new Middle East deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, “Donald Trump can succeed where the others fail because he is transactional, not ideological, and he looks out for the American interest—which is peace through stability—rather than trying to bring about peace through perfection.”  
 
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“More than 1,000 arrests have been made in major metropolitan cities since the Department of Justice launched Operation Legend in July,” Danielle Wallace reports. “Operation Legend is the heart of the federal government’s response to this upturn in violent crime,” Attorney General William Barr said. Read more in Fox News.

“Catholic churches across the country have been open for up to four months since shelter-in-place orders were lifted . . . The Good News: for Catholic churches following [CDC] guidelines, no outbreaks of COVID-19 have been linked to church attendance,” doctors Paul Cieslak, Timothy Flanigan, and Thomas McGovern write in RealClearScience.

“Millions of Californians have lost power in recent days amid a brutal heat wave, and state regulators warn of more outages in the days and perhaps years to come. Welcome to California’s green new normal . . . California’s Independent System Operator (Caiso) has been warning for years that the state’s increasing dependence on intermittent renewables, especially solar, is making it harder to ensure reliable power,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

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Trump warns: ‘We’ll Protect America’s Suburbs’

The White House – August 17, 2020
“The crime and chaos in Democrat-run cities have gotten so bad that liberals are even getting out of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rather than rethink their destructive policies, the left wants to make sure there is no escape,” President Trump and Housing & Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson write in The Wall Street Journal.
 
“A once-unthinkable agenda, a relentless push for more high-density housing in single-family residential neighborhoods, has become the mainstream goal of the left.”
 
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“President Trump warned New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Sunday night that the federal government would act if his office fails to get a grip on the ongoing increase of violent crime in the city . . . [This weekend,] at least five people died in shootings across the city in at least 30 shootings,” Edmund DeMarche reports for Fox News.

“On Thursday, President Trump closed a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates . . . The agreement would not have been possible without the leadership of a president who refuses to do things the same old way just because ‘that’s how it has always been done,'” Senior Advisor Jared Kushner writes in The Washington Post.

This April, the Trump Administration “launched a historic counternarcotics operation to target drug traffickers and disrupt the flow of illicit drugs to the United States. The narco-traffickers targeted include members of the illegitimate, thuggish regime of Nicolás Maduro and the Cartel de los Soles (‘Cartel of the Suns’) in Venezuela,” National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien writes in the New York Post.

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