National Security

Trump’s Abraham Accords Are A Raging Success

Even Blinken has praised them.

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Robert Greenway served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs at the National Security Council under President Trump. He was a member of the team that negotiated the Abraham Accords. He knows what he’s talking about through personal experience. He brings us up to date on the status of this Trump diplomatic triumph.

Greenway: For generations, we imagined what achieving peace in the Middle East could bring to the region and its people. Today, with vast natural resources, aspirational societies, and a growing population with approximately 65 percent under the age of 30, Middle Easterners are postured to move forward and seize new opportunities to build on the region’s limitless potential—and a transformative agreement.

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As we mark the first anniversary of the Accords signing it’s important that we assess its impact and potential. The Abraham Accords provide a pathway to the end of decades of conflict and a future of peace, tolerance, and opportunity in the Middle East and around the world.

To sustain and accelerate the transformation, we have established the Abraham Accords Peace Institute as an international, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the implementation and expansion of the historic peace agreement.

The Institute will increase the probability that these relationships will flourish, conflict will subside, and new opportunities and relationships will be created. It will pursue four interdependent pillars. It will work to grow trade between the participating countries, increase tourism between the countries, foster people-to-people development to build stronger bonds between the countries, and promote normalization through studies on the opportunities intrinsic to the Accords attracting additional signatories.

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics has reported over $570 million in business with the UAE alone in the last year and projections by Israel’s Finance Ministry reflect it’s likely to reach $1 billion by the end of the year, and $6.5 billion by 2025. While new trade and capital flow hold the potential to immediately benefit Accords members, they also stand to have a significant spillover effect on the entire region and broader global economy as it recovers from the pandemic.

On August 31, 2020, Israel’s flagship carrier El Al operated the first-ever direct commercial flight between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, followed by a first flight from Israel to Manama on October 18. The UAE’s Etihad Airways launched its first commercial flight to Israel a day later, on October 19. In another first, Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to the flights—and importantly agreed to allow all such flights from Israel. Israel’s first direct flight carrying over 100 tourists recently landed in Marrakech Morocco reflecting the potential of both tourism markets.

Normalization could create as many as 4 million new jobs and $1 trillion in new economic activity in the coming decade. Every tourist who takes a flight between these previously disconnected countries becomes an ambassador for the Abraham Accords, regional harmony, and the potential they represent for the region and the world. These individuals bring their experiences back to their communities and share them with their friends on social media. Tourism is a key driver of stronger bilateral relations, understanding between people, and commercial activity…

The Abraham Accords, and the Institute which bears its name, hold the potential to serve as the foundation for a peace process in the Middle East by demonstrating the tangible benefits of interpersonal ties, trade, commerce, and mutual cooperation. This will help seize this historic opportunity to unleash the Middle East’s potential, to keep America safe, and to help the region turn the page on a generation of conflict and instability.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Soon the 3rd Temple goes up in Jerusalem??? Temple Mount

Al D.
Al D.
1 month ago

Not until the Palatine signs. Then that’ll start the final 7 years tribulation and the first resurrection/rapture occurs.

Jay
Jay
1 month ago

DJT has accomplished so much in 4 years, all the while battling the dems and the liberal media. No one will give him credit for anything. The Abraham Accords were significant not just to America, but the Middle East, where there is little stability and cooperation.

CashGirl
CashGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay

A lesser man (mr Obama comes to mind!!) would have thrown up his hands, and run out of the White House screaming after three months of the brutal treatment our good President Trump got! But he paid no attention — and laughed and scoffed at them, which is what REALLY pi$$ed them off!! And the White House “squatter’s” puppeteers’ very first goal was to undo all the good he had done and begin the downward spiral we’ve been experiencing every day since his reign began!!

KissMyRebelAss
KissMyRebelAss
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay

And how long is it going to take before Sippy Cup Joe screws this up as well? He’s working SO hard to destroy not just the US, but the world. His incompetence and epic stupidity will be felt for decades across the globe. Even if he were stopped today.
It’s incredible how much damage one buffoon can inflict upon the world in 8 months. The number of deaths DIRECTLY attributable to BiDumb and his minions is already incalculable. It is utterly beyond words how destructive this raging lunatic is.