As recognition for their efforts in normalizing relations between Israel and Arab nations, Former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, his deputy, Avi Berkowitz, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Attorney Alan Dershowitz nominated the officials for negotiating the deal known as the Abraham Accords.
“These Accords, which have brought about normalization between Israel and several Sunni Arab nations, fulfill all the criteria for the prize,” Dershowitz wrote in his nomination letter, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.
“They hold the promise of an even broader peace in the Middle East between Israel, the Palestinians and other Arab nations. They are a giant step forward in bringing peace and stability to the region, and even to the world,” he wrote.
These deals mark the most significant breakthrough in relations in the past 25 years.
Despite the amazing efforts though, Iran tensions remain high, as Al-Qaeda has a new headquarters there. Mike Pompeo pointed this out in January.
“Al-Qaeda has a new home base, it is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Pompeo. “As a result, [Osama] bin Laden’s wicked creation is poised to gain strength and capabilities.”
“We ignore this Iran-al-Qaeda nexus at our own peril. We need to acknowledge it, we must confront it. Indeed, we must defeat it,” he said, adding that “this axis poses a grave threat to the security of nations and to the American homeland itself.”
“The Abraham Accords have been hailed as enabling a more responsive strategic posture with respect to the threat posed by Iran.”
“The recent Abraham Accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain both reflect and augur a growing strategic alignment between Israel and key American partners in the Middle East, driven primarily by the worsening Iranian nuclear and regional threats,” the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), a pro-Israel think tank based in Washington, said in a statement. The Epoch Times Reported.
“It also could enable Israel, U.S. forces in the Middle East, and Arab partners to begin or deepen regional cooperation on missile defense, exercises, strategic planning, intelligence sharing, and other critical military activities,” JINSA said in a statement explaining the rationale for moving Israel to CENTCOM, while noting in its report that the move would bolster Israel’s ability to defend U.S. and Arab partners’ interests by “continuing to be the tip of [the] spear against Iran and its proxies.”