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Fox News contributor Juan Williams made the case Tuesday that recent peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain brokered by President Donald Trump are actually "accelerating" the "chance of war" in the Middle East.

President Trump has been lauded by many for his role in brokering the deals, which officially normalized relations between Israel and the two Middle Eastern countries.

The president was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for securing the deal between Israel and the UAE.

But Williams, a Trump critic, interpreted the news of peace much differently.

Williams presented his argument on Fox News' "The Five" while the panelists were discussing recent remarks made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in which she called the deals a "distraction."

"It is [a distraction]," Williams said. "The real trouble here is between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and that situation has not been helped. What we're doing here in this situation is we have the Bahrainians and the United Arab Emirates, they already had diplomatic, security and trade ties with Israel ... and it opens the door to some possibilities."

"The real action here is the United States giving arms, giving serious arms to UAE potentially to go after the Iranians," he argued. "And so what we're doing is stirring up a proxy war, and that doesn't diminish the chance of war or disruption in the Middle East — it accelerates it."

You can watch his comments in the video below starting at the 5:10 mark:

'The Five' blast Pelosi for calling Middle East peace deal a 'distraction' youtu.be

"So I think we have to just look honestly at this," he continued. "We have to note that it's taking place in the midst of an intense American election and that what's going on at the White House. I don't think anybody is fooled by it. There certainly is reason for hope, but let's not fool ourselves."

It is true that some conflict has already arisen as a result of the peace deals. On Tuesday, as the deal was being signed at the White House, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket attack on Israel, injuring two people.

But it is particularly difficult to make the case that peace agreements should be to blame for violence. Violent offenders should be blamed for violence, which, in this case, would be the Palestinian militants.

After Williams finished, fellow Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, chided his comments, saying, "Well you would hope the normalization of Arab countries against the Israeli state that they wanted to annihilate previously would be a good thing, but we'll move on."

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Miami Weather: Sizzling Friday, Rain Chance Increases Over Weekend

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It was a warm and dry start across South Florida on Friday with temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s.

It will be very hot and humid in the afternoon with highs in the low to mid-90s. It will feel like the 100s due to high humidity. A few storms are possible.

Friday night will be warm and muggy with temperatures in the upper 70s.

Saturday we will enjoy some sun to start and then scattered storms will develop in the afternoon. The rain chance will increase as we head into Sunday due to plenty of moisture associated with a weak cold front. Sunday highs will be around 90 degrees with showers and thunderstorms.

Monday we remain unsettled with breezy showers and highs in the upper 80s. By Tuesday of next week, our highs will be in the low to mid-80s and we will enjoy lower humidity.

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At 5 a.m. Friday, Tropical Depression #22 was 245 miles east-northeast of Tampico, Mexico, and was moving slowly to the north-northeast at 6 mph. It is forecast to become a tropical storm on Friday. The next name on the list is Wilfred. It is expected to become a hurricane this weekend and meander over the western Gulf of Mexico. There is some uncertainty regarding the track, but residents along the Texas and Mexico coastline will need to watch this closely.

Teddy remains a powerful Category 4 hurricane over the central Atlantic, moving northwest at 12 mph. By the end of the weekend, when Teddy will likely be approaching Bermuda, a turn to the north or north-northeast is forecast to occur as a mid-to-upper-level trough moves closer to the system.

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Showers and thunderstorms, associated with an area of low pressure located a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, have increased. Earlier satellite-derived wind data indicated that this system does not yet have a well-defined center, but it is producing winds near tropical-storm-force to its east. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for additional development during the next day or two and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form before the end of the week. This system is forecast to move west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph through the weekend. There is a medium potential for cyclone development.

A small low pressure system embedded within a larger non-tropical low. Although showers and thunderstorms associated with the smaller low are showing signs of organization, the system will soon move inland over Portugal and further tropical or subtropical development is unlikely. The low is producing gale-force winds, and will likely bring gusty winds and brief periods of heavy rain to portions of western Portugal on Friday.

Post-tropical cyclone Paulette is located several hundred miles north-northwest of the Azores. The cyclone is forecast to move quickly southward for the next several days and then stall over marginally warm waters a few hundred miles south or south-southwest of the Azores by the end of the weekend. The cyclone could subsequently redevelop tropical characteristics late this weekend or early next week while it moves little. The National Hurricane Center says it has a low potential of development.

Another tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa by early Saturday. Some gradual development of the system will be possible thereafter while it moves generally west-northwestward over the far eastern Atlantic. This wave has a low potential of development.

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