The last time there was an agreement of this magnitude, it was in 1994 when Jordan and Israel signed a joint peace agreement, President Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner noted during a Thursday news conference after the deal was announced.
It’s certainly the start to peace in the Middle East and Kushner made it clear that the UAE would be the first, but not the last country to make such a momentous deal with Israel.
“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” a joint statement by President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamad Binh Zayed Al Nahyan released Thursday read.
They added, “All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement.”
As part of the deal, Israel has agreed to “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.” That was at the request of the UAE.
“The region has witnessed many political initiatives and stations from Camp David to Madrid to Oslo, Wye River, Annapolis and others, and we are seeking today for Israel to freeze the annexation of Palestinian lands as a new opportunity to revive peace,” said Anwar Gargash, UAE’s Minister for Foreign Affairs
Last month, a UAE official said that the annexation of parts of the West Bank, part of Trump’s plan, would hold up the prospect for peace with the Gulf state and urged Israel not to move forward with the plan.
President Trump told reporters Thursday that the deal will include establishing embassies and ambassadors, creating tourism channels, and creating trade, security, and educational ties.
“By uniting two of America’s most closest and capable partners in the region, something which said could not be done, this deal is a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East. Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead,” Trump said.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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