Just weeks after helping negotiate peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  The nomination came from Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament.  This is Trump’s second nomination, as his first came from Japan’s prime minister for meeting with Kim Jong Un.  The honor comes after Trump’s great efforts to de-escalate foreign conflicts and negotiate peace in the Abraham Accord.

     Tybring-Gjedde states, “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees”.  He adds, “Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter”.

    When helping create a peace agreement between Israel and the UAE, Trump was warned it would be impossible.  However now after 49 years, the two nations will normalize their diplomatic relations.  The nations will form embassies and have proper ambassadorship.  This much progress towards peace in the Middle East has not been seen in the last 25 years since the Israel-Jordan Treaty.  

     With this breakthrough, the president expects other Middle Eastern nations to diplomatically follow suit.  Other nations are expected to normalize relations with Israel.  With this announcement Trump stated, “The problems of the Middle East can only be solved when people of all faiths come together to fight Islamic extremism and pursue economic opportunity for people of all faiths”.

     Unlike other recent presidents, Donald Trump has helped organize historic cooperation between foreign nations.  Between his efforts for denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and diplomacy in the Middle East, his nominations are well deserved.

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