Former US Secretary of State John Kerry said in 2016 that there would be “no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world” without resolving the protracted conflict over Palestine.
However, President Trump has managed to achieve some measure of it by negotiating a number of deals between Israel and Arab countries, including Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
“I’ve heard several prominent politicians in Israel say at times, well, the Arab world is in a different place now. We just have to reach out to them, and we can do some things with the Arab world, and we’ll take care of it. with the Palestinians, ”Kerry said at the 2016 Saban Forum hosted by the Brookings Institute at around 12:20 pm in the video. ‘No, no, no and no. I want to make that very clear to all of you. ‘
The talk was entitled “Challenges to the Trump Administration in the Middle East.”
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Trump began his series of peace deals in August when he helped formalize an agreement on “full normalization of relations” between Israel and the UAE.
As part of the agreement, Israel said it would “suspend its declaration of sovereignty over the areas outlined in the president’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”
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The two nations did not reach a conclusion on the tensions between Israel and Palestine, but pledged to continue their efforts to “achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Trump then helped negotiate peace deals between Israel and Bahrain in September and Israel and Sudan in October. Iran, Turkey and Palestine have condemned the deals. Palestinians seek a two-state solution with Israel.
Kerry, addressed as the climate czar of President-elect Joe Biden, also helped former President Barack Obama negotiate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which proposed the lifting of sanctions against Iran in exchange for his commitment to significantly increase its nuclear capabilities. Reduce.
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The Trump administration withdrew from the deal in 2018, saying that Iran had broken its promise and therefore posed a threat to US national security.
Some foreign policy experts have suggested that Biden will return to the deal after taking office.
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Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.