Before heading to the Midwest, President Donald Trump had some updates about the Middle East.
Asked by a reporter about if there are any more countries in the Middle East who may soon seek to normalize ties with Israel, President Trump said he thinks that more countries in the region will soon follow suit.
“We have probably nine or 10 [countries] that are right in the mix. We’re going to have a lot—I think we’ll have all of them eventually,” he said beside First Lady Melania Trump at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday before flying off to the Midwest for three campaign rallies.
As for when these new potential diplomatic agreements will materialize, he said, “that’ll largely be after [the election].”
“The beauty is it’s peace in the Middle East with no money and with no blood,” the president then said. “There’s no blood all over the sand.”
“And it’s happening,” he continued. “We have five definites, and I think we’ll have another five pretty-much-definites soon. And all of them: the big ones, the smaller ones, and the three that we got I have great respect.”
For decades, ever since the State of Israel was established in 1948, its predominantly Muslim, anti-Zionist neighbors have treated it hostilely. As the years have gone on, more and more of these countries have made peace with Israel and have established formal diplomatic ties with the Jewish State. The first of these countries to do so were Egypt in 1979 and the Kingdom of Jordan in 1994, though under different circumstances.
Back in September, the United States brokered agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in what has been called the Abraham Accords.
Closing his Tuesday remarks at the airfield, Trump compared his administration’s strategies to those of past administrations, saying: “And we did it in a much different way than than they’ve [who???] been working over the last 30 years.”
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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