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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