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    Conor McGregor apparently has a boxing match against Manny Pacquiao on the horizon. The Irish-born UFC legend tweeted Friday afternoon that he will box “Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) McGregor previously lost a boxing match to Floyd Mayweather. Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020 This would be absolutely awesome if it actually happens. McGregor claims to be retired from the UFC, and I’m not sure a single person on the planet believes that. Something tells me we’ll see him in the octagon again. The man was...
    CONOR MCGREGOR whipped up a storm on social media last night, by revealing that he will be fighting Manny Pacquiao. The Notorious has been out of action since defeating Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January. 5How McGregor and Pacquiao stack up 5Conor McGregor will return to the ringCredit: Getty - Contributor McGregor, 32, then dismayed MMA fans when he retired for a third time back in June. In a string of tweets on Friday night, however, the Irishman revealed his messages with UFC president Dana White from earlier this year - in which he tried to arrange a second bout of 2020 in May or June. And he then dropped the Pacquiao bombshell, writing: "Anyway all water under the...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs order clearing restaurants and bars to fully open Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Heres everything you need to know about the retailers delivery trials. Conor McGregor claims his next fight will be a boxing match against Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East Conor McGregor may have announced his retirement in June -- the third time he has done so -- but he is in the headlines once again after claiming to have lined up his next fight. On Friday, McGregor took to Twitter to claim that his next fight would come in the boxing ring, where he would face Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East. ©...
    CONOR McGREGOR has sensationally claimed he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao in a boxing match in the Middle East. The UFC legend - who lost to 50-0 king Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 - released a flurry of tweets on Friday night. In them, he showed private Instagram messages to UFC boss Dana White. McGregor was trying to arrange a return fight in MMA following his recent retirement. But the talks apparently fizzled out and McGregor later tweeted: "Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East." More to follow. Refresh this page for updates. Most read in MMABOUNCE BACKUFC's Jedrzejczyk makes weight despite fears BOOB JOB would make...
    China is using the prospect of access to technology related to a nuclear weapons program to lure American allies into Beijing’s geopolitical orbit, U.S. officials and lawmakers fear. “I’m sure that they are,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Washington Examiner during an interview this week. “Certainly, when it comes to missile systems, we've seen that.” China reportedly has provided Saudi Arabia with assistance in building a facility that can process yellowcake, which arms control observers regard as a sign that Riyadh could partner with the communist power to develop its own nuclear program. That suspicion was made explicit during a wide-ranging Senate hearing on the state of American policy in the Middle East, in which the...
    Another U.S.-brokered normalization deal between Israel and an Arab country is expected to be signed in the “next day or two,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said in an interview with Al-Arabiya Wednesday. “Our plan is to bring more countries, which we will have more being announced very soon … One [country will sign] in the next day or two,” said. “So we are very excited and know that others are going to be following, and what we don’t want to do is to not isolate anyone but to bring everyone on board in hopes that this will allow the Iranian citizens to see that people really want peace in the Middle East and they are part of...
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia called for “coexistence among all the region’s peoples” and endorsed President Trump’s Middle East diplomacy just days after the signing of historic agreements between Israel and two other Gulf Arab states. “Peace in the Middle East is our strategic option,” the oil-rich monarch told the United Nations General Assembly. ”And we will spare no effort to work together towards achieving a bright future where peace, stability, prosperity, and coexistence among all the region’s peoples prevail.” His recorded comments seemed to indicate that Saudi Arabia approves of the recent normalization of ties between Israel and two of the monarchy’s closest allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Yet, he avoided any explicit reference to...
    President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that more peace deals with Israel, like the U.S.-brokered normalization agreements signed with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, were “coming fast.” “They are coming fast, and they know it’s great for them and great for the world,” he said during his address at the first ever virtual General Assembly. Trump described the so-called Abraham Accords, signed last week, as a “landmark breakthrough … in the Middle East after decades of no progress.” “Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all signed a historic peace agreement in the White House with many other Middle Eastern countries to come,” he said. “We intend to deliver more peace agreements shortly, and...
    The bomber struck shortly after noon in the southern village of Ain Ghana, about 50 kilometers south of the capital Beirut. The arsenal of Hezbollah, a powerful Shia Muslim group in southern Lebanon, exploded, sending a new wave of shock across the country from a bomb blast in the capital that killed nearly 200 people in August. The Lebanese military says it is investigating a bomb blast near a building in the southern village of Ain Kana, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital Beirut, on Tuesday. Hezbollah’s media office told Al Jazeera that the explosion was caused by a “technical error” in their arsenal. “The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a house where weapons...
    In a speech delivered remotely due to the pandemic, Trump warned the world to punish China for failing to contain the pandemic, which has killed about 200,000 Americans and nearly 1 million around the world. “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” Trump told the General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech from the White House. Trump claimed without evidence that the U.S. has succeeded in the fight against COVID-19 and predicted that 2021 would be the “best year ever.”
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz headed to Washington on Monday for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was announced last month, the UAE has made no secret about its desire to acquire F-35 warplanes and other advanced U.S.-made weaponry. Israel is the only U.S. ally in the Middle East to possess the stealth fighter jet. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially said he opposed the sale of the planes to any other nation in the region, even an Arab country at peace with Israel. But since then, he has softened his line, signaling he will...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz headed to Washington on Monday for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was announced last month, the UAE has made no secret about its desire to acquire F-35 warplanes and other advanced U.S.-made weaponry. Israel is the only U.S. ally in the Middle East to possess the stealth fighter jet. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially said he opposed the sale of the planes to any other nation in the region, even an Arab country at peace with Israel. But since then, he has softened his line, signaling he will...
    DUBAI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Bahrain’s move to establish ties with Israel was not directed against any entity or power but aimed to bring about a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said on Monday. The king, in a cabinet statement reported by state news agency BNA, reaffirmed Bahrain’s support for the Palestinians and for an Arab peace initiative drawn up in 2002 that offered Israel normalised ties in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to normalise ties with Israel but without...
    Abu Dhabi (CNN)The moment the pens went to paper to sign the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between two Sunni-led Gulf Arab nations and the Jewish State while the Palestinians seethed off stage, Joe Biden must have pumped his fist in triumph.If he wins in November, there would be a future Nobel Prize, oven-ready for President Biden. "Thanks Donald!" One can but dream. The alternative may prove to be a nightmare. If Donald Trump wins the November US presidential election then the future of the Palestinians will be, at best, frozen in the recent past. Israeli plans to annex around 30% of the West Bank, declare sovereignty over its existing Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories, will likely stay on hold....
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday there is a chance for global stability in the Middle East only if the Iranian regime changes its behavior. The world needs to unite around the central idea that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the greatest threat,” Pompeo told “Sunday Morning Futures.” “And when that regime changes its behavior, we have the chance to create true global stability in the region.” “That's what we've been working on. That's what President Trump asked us to do. And now, three years in, we can show the fruits of that effort,” he added. US OFFICIALS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ENFORCING UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN The Trump administration took action against Iran this week, declaring that...
    I have noted before that I grew up in Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates. From 1980-1990, my family lived in an ungated community in the middle of the city down the street from the Iranian Hospital with the Jumeirah American School just one long block up the road. We walked to school every day. The school changed its name to the American School of Dubai the year after I graduated. It moved locations. The current school at the old location is the Jumeirah Baccalaureate School. My old house is all that remains of my neighborhood. The whole place got leveled and rebuilt, except my house on the corner at 27 Sheikh Rashid Villas, which is now No. 39...
    AMIR KHAN may have potentially fought for the last time after he was appointed as the president of the newly-formed WBC Middle East Boxing Council. The 33-year-old - who has been out of action since stopping Billy Dib in July 2019 - has been a long-term advocate of fights in the region. 2Amir Khan hasn't fought since he stopped Billy Dib in July 2019Credit: Reuters His bout against Dib took place in Saudi Arabia, and Khan will promote the first card in Islamabad on October 3. And ahead of the event in Pakistan, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has created the WBC Middle East Boxing Council - naming Khan as president. Speaking of his decision, Sulaiman said: "I am confident that...
    Voters in November’s presidential election will choose how the United States deals with Iran and its nuclear capabilities, according to multiple government officials and experts across the Middle East. And as President Donald Trump’s administration is set to reimpose a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran on Saturday night, despite opposition from Europe, there are fresh concerns over regional stability. President Barack Obama and the leaders of several other major powers signed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which stated that “Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.” Trump, a long-standing critic of the deal, unilaterally pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018. Joe Biden, meanwhile, has...
    “Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came,” went the anti-Vietnam War slogan that became the title of a 1970 film. “Suppose they made peace, and not everybody liked it” could be the title of a documentary about the Abraham Accords, the treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed at the White House this week. The West’s useless professional peace-processors are strangely glum, to put it mildly. The Emiratis and Bahrainis became only the third and fourth Arab states ever to recognize the Jewish state. And more good news may be on the way: Oman issued a statement of support for the accords; there is talk of Sudan following suit and Morocco opening direct flights. And...
    President Donald Trump is set to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday after awarding the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander. The White House announced in a statement that the “Amir’s eldest son, His Excellency Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah of the State of Kuwait, will accept the award on behalf of the Amir in a private ceremony.” “A leader in the Middle East for decades, the Amir has been a truly unwavering friend and partner to the United States. He provided indispensable support to the United States throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Defeat-ISIS campaign,” the White House declared, calling him...
    In an emergency conclave held in the ruined Castle of Duplicity set high on the fog-shrouded crags of Mount Corruption, a coven of American journalists gathered in their ceremonial black robes last night to discuss how to disparage Donald Trump’s progress toward peace in the Middle East. As lightning repeatedly turned the black clouds a sickly gray as a cinematic symbol of ultimate evil, the chairman of the dark gathering, Lord High Master of All Fraudulence George Stephanopoulos called the meeting to order by pounding his gavel made from the skull of an inconvenient child by a Democrat politician’s mistress on a pentagram drawn in the blood of Jeffrey Epstein. Stephanopoulos suggested that Trump’s Middle East peace deal might be...
    Donald Trump did something pretty amazing this week: He brokered a Middle East peace deal that normalized relations between Israel and two Arab nations. And the public barely noticed. Make no mistake. This was a historic deal, reshaping the Middle East and providing security for Israel, all while further isolating the Islamic Republic of Iran and its terrorist proxies. And it could be a harbinger of things to come; there is speculation that Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Sudan, and Oman could follow. This could snowball for the good.  Yet, if you blinked, you might have missed it. 
    A recently resurfaced video depicts a confident John Kerry lecturing on the impossibilities of achieving that which the Trump administration did this past week in yet another blow to Kerry and the Democratic establishment’s long-held foreign policy doctrines. In the clip, President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry was seen bashing the notion that peace between Israel and Arab states could ever be achieved without first solving the Palestinian conflict. Yet, this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined leaders from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in an epic ceremony, signing peace agreements and effectively normalizing relations between the nations, as the Trump administration brokered two major Middle East agreements in a matter of weeks. Contrary to Kerry’s declarations,...
    Over the past several years, a new certainty was added to death and taxes: Jared Kushner would fail in his role as the administration’s Middle East point man. It caused considerable merriment among President Trump’s critics (and even some of his well-wishers) when he put his son-in-law in charge of brokering peace in the Middle East at the outset of his administration. It was assumed to be ridiculous that Trump had tapped the 39-year-old Kushner, not a diplomat or an expert in the region, for this role and assumed that everything he did afterward was ridiculous, if not nefarious. Rarely has so much mockery been directed at an approach that, in the event, was methodical and creative and ultimately achieved...
    Islamist extremists were not enthusiastic about the Abraham Accords peace deal between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain, this week. The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, issued an implicitly violent rejection of the accord, while Iran-backed terrorist organizations were even less subtle. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed at a meeting of his cabinet on Wednesday that Israel is “committing more crimes in Palestine every day,” so nations that make peace with Israel fail to understand the Muslim religion or their “debt to the nation of Palestine.” “How could you reach out your hands to Israel? And then you want to give them bases in the region? All the severe consequences that would arise from this are...
    Donald Trump has insisted that two more Arab states are ready to join Bahrain and the UAE in recognising Israel.  Trump said that the US is 'very down the road with about five different countries', and that two of them 'are ready to try'. 'You're going to have a whole level of peace in the Middle East without blood all over the sand,' he said on Wednesday, a day after hosting the leaders of Israel, Bahrain and the UAE in Washington to sign the pact. Donald Trump has insisted that negotiations are ongoing with five Arab states to sign a peace deal with Israel, and that two of them are 'ready to try' 'I think Saudi Arabia ultimately will...
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry was panned on Wednesday for remarks he previously made declaring there would be no Middle East peace without the Palestinians. On Tuesday, President Trump was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalif to sign the Abraham Accords, something the president hailed as the "dawn of a new Middle East." The next day, however, a 2016 clip of Kerry resurfaced that cast doubt that any peace between Israel and the Arab world was possible without Palestinians being onboard. "There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world," Kerry began at a speaking engagement. "I want to make...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain knocked the media for downplaying the historic peace agreement President Trump brokered between Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. During a discussion on Wednesday highlighting the ABC News town hall that featured Trump, McCain pointed to his reference to the Abraham Accords that were signed at the White House earlier in the day. "I wish this was getting more attention and credit," McCain told her co-hosts. "I know that it's hard to give any wins to the Trump administration, but I always try to be fair and call balls and strikes like we see it. You're seeing a total geopolitical realignment in the Middle East against Iran and for Israel. And there's rumors that Saudi...
    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner canceled his interview with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell as he continues to tout the historic peace agreement between Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. Kushner has been hitting the media circuit following the signing of the Abraham Accords as he has been largely credited for leading Middle East peace talks on behalf of the Trump administration. However, Mitchell told her viewers on Wednesday that despite scheduling his interview on her show days prior, Kushner canceled just hours before he was set to appear on-air. NBC'S ANDREA MITCHELL SAYS ISRAEL-UAE-BAHRAIN AGREEMENT 'IS NOT MIDDLE EAST PEACE' “We had planned to have White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on our program today, an appearance that had been...
    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Wednesday that he is "very confident" the recent Middle East peace agreements brokered by President Trump between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel and Bahrain will make an ultimate resolution with Palestine "more likely." "The moves yesterday were the first peace breakthroughs in the Middle East in 26 years," Kushner told "Outnumbered Overtime." "I am very confident that that will make it more likely that there will be a resolution with the Palestinians in a fair way at a time people are ready to make peace.” Kushner outlined how historical negotiations in the Middle East have failed because "the incentives have been all wrong" but noted that President Trump has taken a different approach to achieve these recent...
    MSNBC “MTP Daily” host Chuck Todd on Tuesday reacted to the United States brokering the “Abraham Accords,” a historic peace deal between Israel and Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. President Donald Trump announced the deal, saying, “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.” Todd pointed out that the deal is “a bit uncomfortable for a lot of observers” because it “seems so transactional.” He suggested Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal “is what got these Gulf states on board to do this.” “You know, Peter, this deal is a bit uncomfortable for a lot of observers to watch because...
    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...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday at an ABC News town hall promised peace in the Middle East without losing American soldiers in unwinnable wars. President Trump celebrated the agreement between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Israel brokered by the United States to normalize relationships with Arab countries and Israel. “I have numerous other countries in that region that are going to be signing very soon also,” he said. “You’ll have peace in the Middle East, and this is without war and without losing.” Trump spoke about the deal during an ABC News town hall with George Stephanopolous on Tuesday night. The president spoke about the difficulty of witnessing families waiting for the remains of slain soldiers returning from overseas...
    President Trump’s unorthodox approach to foreign policy has paid off. While his critics at home would never admit it, not everyone turns a blind eye to his accomplishments. For two years running, foreign lawmakers have nominated the president of the United States for the Nobel Peace Prize. When pundits talk about what makes the president an unconventional statesman, they usually get it all wrong. They focus on the superficial: the tumultuous tweeting; the blunt, undisciplined talk; and the cast of characters he has assembled and discarded to direct foreign policy. There is a big difference, however, between characteristics and character. RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER: BAHRAIN-ISRAEL DEAL SHOWS WHY TRUMP DESERVES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Characteristics — such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s...
    Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The White House was festooned with the flags of four nations. There were trumpet blasts, multiple signatures on various pieces of paper, and much weighty talk about blood and history – everything you might expect from a peace deal. And not just any peace deal. The agreements signed in Washington on Tuesday were titled the Abraham Accords, implying a epochal reconciliation between Judaism, Islam and Christianity, three faiths with shared Middle East ancestry. Benjamin Netanyahu had brought the rhetoric to match, with lines for the occasion seemingly borrowed from a biblical blockbuster. “This day is a pivot of history. It heralds a new dawn of peace,” the Israeli prime minister declared. Related: Trump’s battle with...
    NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell insisted in her reporting on Tuesday evening that the Abraham Accords signed by Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain don't amount to "Middle East peace." President Trump was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalif to sign the Abraham Accords, something the president hailed as the "dawn of a new Middle East." On "NBC Nightly News," however, anchor Lester Holt began the segment alluding to Mitchell's reporting, saying that while the agreement will "normalize nations and bring them closer together," a "broader Middle East peace is still an elusive goal." CNN SHAMES TRUMP'S 'LARGE CROWDS,' 'LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT...
    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner celebrated Israel's new agreement with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain following a signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, telling Fox News that the deals brokered by President Trump "makes you realize that anything is possible if we have the courage and the vision and the determination to try to move forward." "You see this deal which, again, really is a watershed moment and just for me personally was an honor to be a part of it and very emotional day here at the White House watching, you know, something happen that nobody thought would be possible," Kushner told "The Story." Trump on Tuesday was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Bahrain Foreign Minister...
    Ivanka Trump truly stunned when she stepped out in a jaw-dropping green dress at the White House Tuesday for the signing of the Abraham Accords. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) REUTERS/Tom Brenner The first daughter looked absolutely incredible in the mint green long-sleeve dress that went down to her knees as she joined husband Senior White House Advisor, Jared Kushner, on the South Lawn for the signing of the historic accords where Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel.  (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Gorgeous Yellow Plaid Skirt Suit) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) She completed the fantastic look with loose hair and white high heels. (RELATED: Melania Stuns In Pale-Pink Dress At Reception During UN General...
    "Life, Liberty & Levin" host Mark Levin praised President Trump and the leaders of Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for forging an unprecedented normalization agreement that will lead to each nation establishing formal diplomatic ties. On "The Mark Levin Show on Westwood One" Tuesday, Levin remarked that he is about to celebrate his 63rd birthday next week and has been closely following the Middle East and Israeli developments for most of his life. In that regard, he said that Trump did something otherwise unimaginable when he was able to get the Jewish State to normalize relations with some of its Arab neighbors, in a region infamous for warlike posturing. "I've watched the Middle East -- as I've watched so much...
    First Lady Melania Trump chose a dress in the shared colors of the United States and Israel to welcome the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara to the White House. Melania Trump chose a filigree-patterned cap-sleeved Prada dress in navy and white for a meeting where representatives for Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates held a ceremony for the historic peace agreement brokered by President Trump’s administration. Mrs. Trump’s Prada number is from the Italian fashion house’s Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection. Mrs. Trump paired the dress with white patent leather Christian Louboutins, a staple of her White House wardrobe. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)...
    National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien urged Palestinian leadership to consider a peace agreement with Israel after militants in the Gaza Strip fired off rockets Tuesday to protest the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. "With respect to the Palestinians, the president has come forward with the most comprehensive plan for peace between Israel and Palestine ever," O'Brien told "Special Report." TRUMP PRESIDES OVER SIGNING OF HISTORIC MIDDLE EAST DEALS "That vision for Middle East peace that senior adviser Kushner and Secretary Pompeo and myself and others have been working on throughout the region, gives the Palestinians an opportunity to double their GDP.  It calls for a two-state solution to the Palestinian impasse, it provides territorial integrity for the Palestinians," he continued. "It's a terrific first offer for the Palestinians to...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hailed the US brokered peace treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday as the beginning of "a new Middle East" and signaled that the Trump administration is making progress in getting more countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to recognize Israel.His comments came hours after a White House ceremony, dubbed the Abraham Accords, marked the first Middle East White House peace signing in more than two decades. "I think we had a very good breakthrough. What's happened is in the Middle East, the deals have been so well received. That's what helped Bahrain go quickly. They saw how well the deal was received in the...
    Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh underscored the historic Middle East peace deal President Donald Trump signed at the White House on Tuesday, and emphasized that the media will not come anywhere close to providing the coverage it deserves. “So a big signing ceremony at the White House in mere moments for the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain,” Limbaugh told his listeners. “And we mentioned the significance of this a couple of times. The real significance of this is that the Palestinians have sort of been rendered irrelevant in the whole deal. In the past, it was the Palestinians which were the focus, the focal point. They could stop anything from happening, and they did.”...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump hailed a "dawn of a new Middle East" on Tuesday, as Israel signed landmark pacts with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at a White House ceremony. The event saw Trump cast himself as an international dealmaker at the height of his reelection campaign. 3 Donald Trump hailed a 'dawn of a new Middle East' on Tuesday, as Israel signed landmark pacts with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House 3 The event saw Trump cast himself as an international dealmaker at the height of his reelection campaignCredit: The Mega Agency Speaking on the South Lawn, Trump said: "We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict...
    A day after the leaders of Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates signed a breakthrough agreement at the White House, the Trump campaign will launch a new Jewish coalition in an effort to break Democrats' grip on a small but potentially decisive sliver of the electorate. Even so, President Trump faces an uphill battle to attract Jewish voters, according to analysts, although allies believe he may be able to woo enough support to make a difference in battleground states. On Tuesday, leaders from Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords at the White House, offering Trump a diplomatic victory. And on Wednesday, the Trump campaign will launch its Jewish coalition. Boris Epshteyn, Trump 2020 strategic adviser...
    White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien heralded the historic Middle East peace agreement signed Tuesday in an interview with Lou Dobbs. O’Brien said the administration is talking with “four or five countries” and “looking forward to building on the momentum” after the Abraham Accords signed by Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain. He commended the “tremendous courage” of all three leaders “that put aside literally 70 years of hatred and division to make peace.” As for President Donald Trump, O’Brien told Dobbs, “He’s been known as a dealmaker. Art of the Deal, the greatest dealmaker in history. I think what’s going to happen when he leaves office, hopefully four years from now, he’s going to leave office being known...
    A rocket attack launched by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip wounded two people in Israel Tuesday as the Middle East's lone Jewish state signed an agreement to normalize relations with two of its Arab neighbors at the White House. The attack was apparently coordinated to coincide with the signing of the agreement. According to an Associated Press report, the Israeli military said two rockets were fired from Gaza and one was intercepted by air defenses. Israeli emergency services treated two people for minor injuries from broken glass. Earlier, Israeli Defense Forces issued an alert for rocket sirens sounding in Ashdod and Ashkelon, cities in the southern region of Israel near the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians,...
    The peace accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will bring an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict once and for all, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the historic White House signing ceremony. “I know the price of war,” said Netanyahu. “The people of Israel well know the price of war. I know the price of war. I was wounded in battle. A fellow soldier died in my arms. My brother Yoni lost his life while rescuing hostages,” he said. “This peace will eventually expand to include other Arab states and ultimately help bring an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all,” he said. “Despite the many challenges and hardships that we all face, let us pause...
    The United Arab Emirates’s foreign affairs minister praised President Trump for his leadership Tuesday when leaders of Middle Eastern countries gathered for a historic peace deal ceremony. “Thank you, sir, for your leadership. And if it wasn’t for that, it would have been far more difficult for all of us to achieve,” said Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation for the UAE. UAE foreign minister to President @realDonaldTrump on the Israel-UAE deal: “thank you, sir, for your leadership” pic.twitter.com/yqtW62f9QD— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 15, 2020 Hundreds of diplomats and government officials gathered at the White House on Tuesday afternoon to witness leaders from the UAE, Israel, and Bahrain sign the “Abraham...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised President Trump’s Middle East peace deal but said he doesn’t know much about it yet. “Normalization of the relations between Israel and other countries is welcome news, but I want to see the details of the agreement,” the New York Democrat told reporters on Tuesday. “I’ve always said for a long time that it’s long past due for nations in the region to normalize relations with Israel.” Trump on Tuesday declared the “dawn of a new Middle East” during a White House ceremony normalizing the relations between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Trump oversaw the signing of pacts between Israel and the two Arab nations, which Trump said could enable...
    For years, the Trump administration’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East have been the object of relentless derision in elite foreign-policy circles, some of it justified. Yet with Friday’s announcement that Bahrain would join the United Arab Emirates as the second Arab state in 30 days to normalize ties with Israel, the administration has done more for regional peace than most of its predecessors, including an Obama administration that tried hard and failed badly. There are lessons in this, at least for anyone prepared to consider just how wrong a half-century’s worth of conventional wisdom has been. At the heart of that conventional wisdom is the view, succinctly put by U.N. Secretary General António Guterres in February, that “resolving the...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated the signing of the “Abraham Accords,” a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates brokered by the United States. “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.” The president hosted an elaborate ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, addressing the world from the South Portico. A large crowd of supporters applauded the ceremony and cheered the president’s speech. U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah...
    President Trump declared the “dawn of a new Middle East” as he oversaw the signing of pacts between Israel and two Arab nations, an event he hopes will pave the way for increased stability in a volatile region and cast him as peacemaker ahead of November’s election. Hundreds of diplomats, lawmakers and officials gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday afternoon to witness the normalizing of relations between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – the first time in more than 25 years that Arab nations signed agreements with Israel. However, Palestinian officials have denounced the so-called Abraham Accords as a stab in the back by fellow Arab nations. Speaking from the White House balcony...
    (CNN)This could be the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. For more than 70 years, alongside oil and Islamic extremism, that dispute defined the Middle East. Innumerable books were written about the subject, and courses on it were offered at most major universities. Iran and Iraq could fight for eight bloody years, the Lebanese could massacre one another for 15, and wars would rage along the borders of Morocco, Libya and Egypt, but the term "Middle East conflict" almost invariably referred to that between Israel and the 22 Arab states. Michael OrenSimilarly, "Middle East peace," did not mean reconciling such regional rivals as Syria and Turkey or Saudi Arabia and Qatar but mediating between Arabs and Israelis....
    President Trump on Tuesday heralded “the dawn of a new Middle East” as he hosted regional leaders for the signing of the “Abraham Accords” normalizing relations between Israel and two Arab countries. The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the White House South Lawn to affirm their recent recognition of Israel’s statehood. Bahrain and the UAE are the third and fourth Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The breakthrough also established direct commercial flights between Israel and the UAE. “After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump said in a speech to an audience on the lawn. “In Israel’s entire...
    President Donald Trump hosted leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to sign the Abraham Accords peace agreement Tuesday, marking what the administration hopes will lead to real peace in the Middle East. The UAE and Bahrain are the first Arab states to formalize diplomatic ties with the Jewish state of Israel in decades, and the Trump administration says several other Middle Eastern nations could follow suit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu represented Israel at the event, alongside UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, among others. “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said in his remarks at the...
    By Deb Riechmann, Matthew Lee and Jonathan Lemire | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring “the dawn of a new Middle East,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday presided over the signing of historic diplomatic pacts between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that he hopes will lead to a new order in the Mideast and cast him as a peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign. Hundreds of people amassed on the sun-washed South Lawn to witness the signing of agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The bilateral agreements formalize the normalization of the Jewish state’s already thawing relations with the two Arab nations in line with their common opposition to Iran and its aggression...
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    To the consternation of the foreign policy establishment, President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, not just once, but twice. To their amazement, he tackled the world’s one seemingly unsolvable problems – Arab-Israeli peace – and seems to be succeeding. For decades, American presidents had tried to achieve Middle East peace. They all failed. Why? Because the oil-rich Gulf Arab states refused to deal with Israel until the Palestinian problem was solved. As a result, their starting point was always the thorniest problem in the region – and Middle East peace was always a non-starter. QANTA AHMED: AS A MUSLIM, I THANK TRUMP FOR BROKERING ISRAEL-UAE-BAHRAIN AGREEMENTS AND EXPECT MORE TO COME President Trump took a...
    NICOSIA, Cyprus — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Breitbart News exclusively that President Donald Trump’s peace deals in the Middle East are “all connected” and stem from recognizing Iran as the primary threat to stability in the region. Pompeo’s interview came late Saturday night about the U.S. Air Force jet transporting him and the U.S. delegation after he met with the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, whom he visited here after earlier in the day attending the opening of intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha, Qatar. As the jet touched down in Doha late Friday night the previous evening, the deal being rolled out this week between Bahrain and Israel to normalize relations was announced. Previously, the...
    President Trump on Tuesday declared a “historic day for peace” as he was scheduled to preside over the signing of two historic Middle East diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf nations. “HISTORIC day for PEACE in the Middle East,” Trump tweeted moments before the ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House. “I am welcoming leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain to the White House to sign landmark deals that no one thought was possible.” TRUMP TO PRESIDE OVER SIGNING OF HISTORIC MIDDLE EAST DEALS AT WHITE HOUSE “MORE countries to follow!” he added. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sign deals, which mark the normalization of relations, with the foreign ministers...
    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said President Donald Trump was “very forthcoming” about the threat of coronavirus. During a Tuesday appearance on NBC’s “Today,” Kushner defended his father-in-law’s approach to informing the public about the pandemic amid controversy that the president downplayed the threat of the virus. "The president was very forthcoming with the American people about what he knew and when he knew it," Kushner told host Savannah Guthrie. "President Trump, obviously, he banned travel from China, he banned travel from Europe. This was an unprecedented pandemic and as different facts evolved, the president informed the public." A forthcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward details interviews of Trump saying he wanted to downplay the threat of the virus in...
    President Trump will preside over the signing of two historic deals between Israel and two Gulf nations at the White House on Tuesday -- a ceremony that will burnish Trump’s foreign policy credentials as he seeks reelection. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sign deals marking the normalization of relations with both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The UAE deal was announced last month, with the Bahrain deal added on Friday. The ceremony on the South Lawn is expected to see about 700 guests in attendance. TRUMP ANNOUNCES DEAL BETWEEN BAHRAIN, ISRAEL TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS IN PUSH FOR MIDEAST PEACE  In addition to the bilateral agreements, all three are expected to sign a trilateral document. Together they are dubbed...
    TEL AVIV—Assuming last-minute disputes about mask-wearing and social distancing can be ironed out in time, the South Lawn of the White House will once more be the site of a historic Middle East peace deal signing. Two deals, in fact, as both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalize ties with Israel. Rejecting the presence of a Jewish state in the Middle East has been a totemic political and moral commitment in the Arab world for 75 years now. Travel to or from Israel was prohibited, as was all trade and cultural exchange and sporting competition. For years even the mention of the name “Israel” was abjured in favor of alternative formulations like “the Zionist entity.”  The two Arab states...
    Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author who opposed Donald Trump bitterly in 2016 and thereafter, has written in praise of the 45th president for negotiating peace agreements between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors. In a column titled “A Rare Middle East Triumph” (subtitle: “And — yes — a triumph for Trump, too”), Stephens argues that Trump has seen through the fiction that the Palestinian question must be resolved before peace can advance: For years, the Trump administration’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East have been the object of relentless derision in elite foreign-policy circles, some of it justified. Yet with Friday’s announcement that Bahrain would join the United Arab Emirates as the second Arab state in...
    Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author who opposed Donald Trump bitterly in 2016 and thereafter, has written in praise of the 45th president for negotiating peace agreements between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors. In a column titled “A Rare Middle East Triumph” (subtitle: “And — yes — a triumph for Trump, too”), Stephens argues that Trump has seen through the fiction that the Palestinian question must be resolved before peace can advance: For years, the Trump administration’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East have been the object of relentless derision in elite foreign-policy circles, some of it justified. Yet with Friday’s announcement that Bahrain would join the United Arab Emirates as the second Arab state in...
    President Trump's recent Middle East peace agreements showed that former Secretary of State John Kerry was wrong to predict that Israel would be more isolated without the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. "I remember Secretary Kerry saying that if the nuclear deal was abandoned that Israel would become more isolated when in fact just the opposite has now happened," he said on "The Story." "They've joined hands and now they have many more partners across the region -- each of those countries, those gulf states recognize that the shared threat from the Islamic Republic of Iran is very very real and now they are working together, building out security and economic relationships and real ties between these countries," he said. "It'll be truly stabilizing for the Middle East to see what happens tomorrow...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosis claim President Donald Trump preelection deals for peace in the Middle East are a mere distraction was resoundingly rejected by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday night. "So cynical," Pompeo told Fox News "The Story" with Martha MacCallum. "Its a remarkable accomplishment. The administration and President Trump set the conditions for peace in the Middle East. Theres real progress." Pompeo noted Trump will host a deal-signing among Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C., to showcase their diplomatic agreements as brokered by the administration. "Its a great day," Pompeo said, rejecting Pelosis pivot to the coronavirus as the true distraction from progress on peace in the Middle East and pointing back to the...
    The Team Trump-brokered peace deals that Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates will sign Tuesday won’t end the Middle East’s problems, but they’re big steps in that direction — exactly the opposite of what the left predicted about President Trump’s approach. On Friday, Trump announced that Bahrain agreed to normalize ties with Israel, just a month after the United Arab Emirates did likewise. Kudos to those nations — and to the president. Even the bitterly anti-Trump New York Times admits this “leaves open the possibility” more Arab states will make peace. see also Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize... Fact is, the Trump strategy broke through stale...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed on Monday for a solution to the three-year rift between the Gulf state of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, saying the Trump administration was eager to see it resolved. Speaking at a State Department meeting with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Pompeo said it was important to concentrate on countering Iranian activity in the Middle East. "To keep our focus on this work and to close the door to increased Iranian meddling, it's past time to find a solution to the Gulf rift," Pompeo said. "The Trump administration is eager to see this dispute resolved and to...
    CRISIS club Wigan Athletic are a target for a rescue bid from the Middle East-based business group MBuzz. Representatives of the company have met the administrators and are set to offer around £3million for the whole package this week. 1Wigan are in desperate need of a saviourCredit: Getty Images - Getty MBuzz Sport will be the team trying to close the deal. They are a branch of a global telecom firm, based in Saudi Arabia but with offices in Dublin, Dubai and around Europe. Their past experience in football includes a one-off shirt sponsorship deal for Wigan when they played Manchester United in the FA Cup. The company also took a stake in Spanish side Leganes and have been involved...
    When I was Rabbi at Oxford for 11 years, I hosted an annual lecture that was delivered by a Nobel Peace laureate. For some of those years it was sponsored by Edmond Safra in memory of his late, elder brother Elie. We agreed that the speech would be delivered by someone who made a vast contribution to world peace and won the prize. Among the Nobel peace prize recipients we hosted were Elie Wiesel, twice, Mikhail Gorbachev, Joseph Rottblatt, Shimon Peres, and Yitzchak Rabin, who speech was canceled a few hours before it was delivered because the first of the horrific bus bombings that followed the Oslo Peace Accords for which he won the prize. I have been around many...
    First, it was the United Arab Emirates and Israel making peace. Then it was Serbia and Kosovo agreeing to set aside political disputes to sign an economic deal. And now Bahrain and ­Israel are set to sign a peace treaty. The last month has been a remarkable one for the Biblical injunction to turn swords into plowshares. Most dramatically, the number of Arab countries recognizing Israel’s right to exist has doubled, from two to four, a leap that is reshaping 75 years of Middle East politics before our eyes. These breakthroughs were brokered by President Trump and his administration. It is an extraordinary record of peacemaking, yet in too many circles, it is being treated as a sideshow without significance. Naturally,...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday that the historic peace agreements being reached in the Middle East are just an electoral distraction, earning her a rebuke from Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier over minimizing progress in the region. Blitzer asked Pelosi “how much credit do you give the president for these peace agreements?” The Speaker generously allowed that “hopefully they’ll be beneficial to the region” before turning it into a series of burns on Trump. She said that the agreement took way too long and that the deals haven’t yet brought peace. She then added, “So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the...
    The most-watched programs on CNN and MSNBC on Friday night completely ignored President Trump's foreign policy achievement of brokering a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain. According to a formal statement issued by the U.S. and the two Middle East countries, they agreed to "the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain." “This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region," the statement said. However, the major Middle East peace agreement received no mention during CNN and MSNBC's primetime shows. MSNBC, CNN...
            by Andrew Theen  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that if he wins the election in November, he will not fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East. Biden told Stars and Stripes Thursday he supported a continued presence of up to 2,000 ground troops throughout the region for executing operations against ISIS and other terror threats. “These ‘forever wars’ have to end,” Biden told the military paper. “I support drawing down the troops. But here’s the problem, we still have to worry about terrorism and [the Islamic State],” Biden said. Biden tells @starsandstripes that conditions in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are so complicated that he cannot promise full withdrawal of troops in...
    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed on Friday that President Donald Trump’s recent success in securing peace deals in the Middle East was nothing more than “a distraction.” “How much credit do you give the President of the United States for these peace agreements?” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked. “Well, hopefully they won’t—hopefully they will beneficial [sic] to the region,” Pelosi said. “We’ve been waiting for a very long time for the president’s proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that honored the two state solution. It was coming in two weeks, it was coming in two months, it was coming in six months—it still hasn’t come in any way that has brought peace.” “So, good for him for having a...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview Thursday that he would keep an enduring U.S. troop presence in the Middle East if elected president. “These ‘forever wars’ have to end. I support drawing down the troops. But here’s the problem, we still have to worry about terrorism and [the Islamic State],” Biden told military newspaper Stars and Stripes in a phone interview. Biden supports a “small U.S. military footprint” whose primary mission would be to facilitate special operations against the Islamic State in Iraq or Syria (ISIS), or other terrorist organizations, according to the paper. Biden said there should be a “maximum” of 1,500 to 2,000 on the ground, but did not specify where he meant. Trump has...
    President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the news that Bahrain had agreed to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. “The sand was loaded up with blood, and now you’re going to see that a lot of that sand is going to be loaded up with peace,” he said. The president spoke about the agreement in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon. Trump said he expected more Middle East countries to normalize relations with Israel, bringing peace to the Middle East. He said he spoke with the King Salaman of Saudi Arabia about the agreements. “The good news is we have many other countries now in the Middle East that want this, and that means peace,” Trump said. The president said that...
    (CNN)Protesters in Lebanon and Iraq in the last year have turned their ire not only against conditions in their own countries, but against Iran's corrosive influence in them. Past Palestinian protests in Gaza against the Iran-supported terrorist group Hamas, and protests in Iran itself, against the use of scarce Iranian resources for its leaders' foreign malign expeditions, have voiced similar frustrations. Syria has been virtually destroyed by a now over nine-year civil war in which much of the population has fought the Iran-backed Syrian leadership. Jason Greenblatt These flashpoints are revealing the fury of Arabs -- and Iranians -- with the leaders of the Iranian regime. They also reflect a changing Middle East: Notably, this anger is not being...
    President Donald Trump announced Friday that Israel and Bahrain would normalize diplomatic relations – the fourth Arab country ever to do so and the second within weeks – in a move seen as undermining the Palestinian cause but which the White House believes will ultimately lead to similar agreements throughout the Middle East. [ READ: America's Allies Reject Trump’s Iran Bid at U.N.  ]"Another HISTORIC breakthrough today!" Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, along with a statement about the new pact. "Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!" White House officials were scant on details about what prompted the agreement to...
    President Donald Trump announced another peace deal Friday, as Israel and Bahrain established diplomatic relations just weeks after a similar agreement was struck between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Fox News reported. Bahrain becomes just the fourth country in the region to establish formal peaceful ties with Israel, joining Egypt, Jordan, and UAE. President Trump was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the deal between Israel and UAE. "This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East," a joint statement from the U.S., Bahrain, and Israel said. "Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase...
    Something extraordinary is happening in the Middle East — and for once, it is something good. Over the past several weeks, Arab and Muslim countries have been stepping forward to offer peace and good relations with Israel. First there was the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is establishing “full normalization” with the Jewish state, and will formalize an agreement at the White House later this month. Then there was Kosovo, which is establishing relations with Israel and putting an embassy in Jerusalem under the terms of a deal brokered by the Trump administration last week. Then Chad, a majority-Muslim nation, announced earlier this week that it will be putting an embassy in Jerusalem. Saudi Arabia announced that it will allow...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Bahrain to meet the Crown Prince, right Israel and Bahrain have struck a historic peace deal brokered by Donald Trump, following a similar accord with the United Arab Emirates, as the US president brings together former foes in the Middle East. “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!” the President announced on Twitter on Friday night.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, hailed a “new era of peace” and said “there will be more [peace deals with Arab states].” Bahrain is the second Gulf state to embrace Israel,...
    U.S. President's senior adviser, Jared Kushner (R) meets Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa (L), during his visit to Manama, Bahrain, September 1, 2020. Bahrain News Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.Bahrain News Agency | Handout via Reuters Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel on Friday, a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said. "This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East," the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, President Donald Trump said on Friday, a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East. Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said. A joint statement issued by the three leaders said they had agreed on "establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain." "This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation...
    Bahrain became the latest Arab country to join in a peace deal with Israel. President Trump announced the deal on Friday following a three-way call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The three leaders issued a joint statement that Trump shared on Twitter in the afternoon. “This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East," the statement said. "Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region." Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/xMquRkGtpM— Donald J. Trump...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: I feel 'deep down fury' that Trump downplayed pandemic NYT reporter removed from Trump rally in Michigan Trump says he didn't share classified information following Woodward book MORE on Friday announced the normalization of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel, the second such breakthrough in recent weeks as the administration works to broker cooperation among Middle Eastern nations. "This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security and prosperity in the region," Trump said in a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE and King Hamad bin Isa Salman al-Khalifa...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that if he wins the election in November, he will not fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East. Biden told Stars and Stripes Thursday he supported a continued presence of up to 2,000 ground troops throughout the region for executing operations against ISIS and other terror threats. “These ‘forever wars’ have to end,” Biden told the military paper. “I support drawing down the troops. But here’s the problem, we still have to worry about terrorism and [the Islamic State],” Biden said. Biden tells @starsandstripes that conditions in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are so complicated that he cannot promise full withdrawal of troops in the near future and would likely keep...
    The announcement Wednesday of U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan marks another step forward by President Trump to give the two nations greater responsibility to provide for their own security with continuing American support. “The United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, announced in Baghdad. McKenzie later told a handful of reporters that the U.S. is planning to reduce its troops in Afghanistan from the current 8,600 to about 4,500 by early November. 2,200 AMERICAN TROOPS LEAVING IRAQ THIS MONTH, US GENERAL SAYS “At 4,500 we’re still going to be able to...
    Copenhagen, Denmark — A far-right Norwegian lawmaker said Wednesday that he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said Mr. Trump should be considered because of his work "for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East." "No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize," Tybring-Gjedde, told The Associated Press. Jared Kushner visits Middle East 05:21 He said he nominated Trump on Wednesday, adding that "Donald Trump meets...
    President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his effort brokering a historic deal normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, according to reports. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, submitted the nomination, according to FOX News. Tybring-Gjedde told the TV network, “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.” In the nomination letter, he wrote the agreement could be “a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.” He also praised the president for withdrawing additional troops from the Middle East and playing a “key role in facilitating contact between...
    Another attack similar to 9/11 is possible if Joe Biden is elected president, Osama bin Laden’s niece, Noor bin Ladin, recently told the New York Post in her first-ever interview. “ISIS proliferated under the Obama/Biden administration, leading to them coming to Europe. Trump has shown he protects America and us by extension from foreign threats by obliterating terrorists at the root and before they get a chance to strike,” the 33-year-old stated. Bin Ladin, whose side of the family spells their name differently than the deceased terrorist, lives in Switzerland and considers herself “an American at heart.” “I have been a supporter of President Trump since he announced he was running in the early days in 2015. I have watched from...
    French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraq’s President Barham Salihat greet each other with an elbow bump – GONZALO FUENTES/ REUTERS President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a high-stakes, headline-grabbing tour in the Middle East this week that has prompted claims France is seeking to re-activate its once-mighty “Arab policy”. Just as France relived the trauma of the al Qaeda-inspired Charlie Hebdo 2015 attack with the opening of the trial of alleged accomplices in Paris, Mr Macron descended on Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. In his second visit in a month following the gigantic explosion that killed 190 and destroyed half the city, he wrested a promise from Lebanon’s discredited political class to conduct lightning reforms or face a funding drought or, worse, targeted...
    This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2020. This week’s selection includes scenes across the region, where Shiites marked Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed; flooding in Pakistan and clashes in Lebanon between security forces and anti-government protesters during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron who issued a stern warning to Lebanon’s political class, urging them to commit to serious reforms within a few months or risk punitive action, including sanctions, if they fail to deliver. The gallery...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus has gone over 50,000 in the Middle East as the pandemic continues. That’s according to a count Thursday from The Associated Press, based on official numbers offered by health authorities across the region. Those numbers still may be an undercount, though, as testing in war-torn nations like Libya and Yemen remains extremely limited. The hardest-hit nation remains Iran, which saw the region’s first major outbreak. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Death toll from the coronavirus goes over 50,000 in the Middle East as the pandemic continues. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A veteran who rescued a puppy from overseas is pleading for help after a paperwork mix-up means the dog could be sent back to Jordan where her fate remains unknown.Harley landed at JFK Airport on Aug. 24 and is considered a service dog for emotional support to deal with the effect of war. The 1-year-old dog's entry was denied by authorities at JFK who cited invalid vaccination paperwork when she arrived.Officials say the invalid paperwork was only the result of a minor mistake which has since been corrected in an appeal by Paws of War, a Long Island-based organization that matches rescue dogs with veterans.Now the organization working together with local representatives to help bring Harley...