House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed President Donald Trumps recent success in securing a diplomatic deal in the Middle East, calling it “a distraction.”
The White House announced on Sept. 11 that Trump has brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel, making it the second such agreement between Israel and an Arab nation in less than a month.
“Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates lead,” Trump said.
Pelosi, in an interview Friday with CNNs Wolf Blitzer, dismissed the deals.
“How much credit do you give the president of the United States for these peace agreements?” Blitzer asked.
“Well, hopefully they wont—hopefully they will beneficial [sic] to the region,” Pelosi replied. “Weve been waiting for a very long time for the presidents proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that honored the two-state solution. It was coming in 2 weeks, it was coming in 2 months, it was coming in 6 months—it still hasnt come in any way that has brought peace.”
“So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases,” Pelosi said.
Under the deal, Israel and Bahrain have vowed to begin the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, start direct flights between their countries, and begin cooperating on a range of fronts.
“As the presidents work continues, more Arab and Muslim countries will likely seek to normalize relations with Israel,” a White House statement on the Israel-Bahrain deal reads. “Each country that normalizes relations will build upon the other, bringing peace and prosperity to the region and the people who live there.”
The agreement comes on the heels of a historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are the first Arab nations to normalize relations with IsRead More – Source