JohnRawls wrote:Does this ultimately matter in the US election? I have stated this quadzillion times: Foreighn policy is ultimately non-interesting to the US electorate.
It certainly was during the Nixon, Carter and Reagan years. The charge against Trump is that he's dangerous. That he's going to start a nuclear war. Instead, he's brokered peace between two Arab/Muslim states and Israel. Obama and Bush didn't get that done. Clinton brokered a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. Carter gets props for brokering a deal between Egypt and Israel. It's basically establishing Trump as more than a politician. He's now a statesman. So one of the big charges against Trump is now not only moot, but wrong.
Rugoz wrote:Peace deals my ass, they were not even at war with each other. Like wtf?
Neither Bahrain nor the UAE recognized the legitimacy of the State of Israel. It's actually a huge deal in the Arab world. It's also an overt pledge that some Arab states and Israel will stand together against Iran.
KurtFF8 wrote:Are any of those countries at war with Israel?
The following countries do not recognize the State of Israel with formal diplomatic relations:
Morocco - Although has de facto recognition with a trade deal.
Qatar - Although has de facto recognition with a trade deal.
Tunisia - Although has de facto recognition
Venezuela - Suspended relations in 2009
With the United Arab Emirates, UAE and Bahrain recognizing Israel, it probably won't be long before we see some others, like Morocco, Qatar and Tunisia. Saudi Arabia and Oman are probably in the works too, along with Kuwait.
Doug64 wrote:At this point, every little bit helps. People’s positive perception of Trump’s foreign policy successes can bleed over to their perceptions of his performance on other issues more dear to their hearts.
The establishment basically just lies, and they think that's a strategy. This is a big part of why I ended up leaving the Republican party. Lying is not a strategy. It's a tactic. So the establishment's characterization of Trump as a dangerous war monger who was going to start a nuclear war was totally wrong. It's been laid bare.
Beren wrote:I'm sure it didn't take years of work, and I also don't think it was so hard to bring Israel and the Gulf states together - against Iran - at the cost of Palestine.
Diplomatic relations means you accept the legitimacy of the State of Israel formally--something they have never done before. It's not trivial.