OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Remember just a few years ago when a lifelong politician said this?
“There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab World. I want to make that very clear. I’ve heard several politicians in Israel say ‘Well the Arab World is in a different place now. We just have to reach out to them and we can work out some things with the Arab World, then we’ll deal with the Palestinians.’ No, no, no, no, no!”
That’s pretty disheartening for a military spouse. American foreign policy is an important topic to me considering that my family’s schedule and my husband’s safety ultimately depend on it. Just this morning, my family attended a ceremony where my husband relinquished his command after 16 months of leading a very large group of soldiers who performed missions around the world. It’s been a very busy and emotionally draining 16 months, and his soldiers got most of his time. We will have a few weeks to be with him and then he will be deploying for the 4th time. He is our hero.
Most Americans would be incredibly surprised to discover where some soldiers are deployed, perhaps because the average American has no personal investment in what is happening on the other side of the world. But today, American foreign policy took another amazing step forward and everyone needs to know about it.
“They are choosing a future in which Arabs and Israelis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians can live together, pray together, and dream together, side by side, in harmony, community, and peace.”
The Sudan and Israel peace deal includes:
• Normalization of relations, which essentially means publicly acknowledgment of a peaceful and friendly relationship between the countries.
• Cooperative agreements on agriculture, economy, trade, aviation, migration, and other topics.
• Inclusion of Sudan in the Abraham Accords, which will bring security to Israel and opportunities to Sudan.
Historically, Sudan has struggled under Islamist dictatorships and terrorism. However, the White House said that the transitional government of the Sudan has “demonstrated tremendous courage and commitment to combating terrorism, building its democratic institutions, and improving its relations with its neighbors.” For this reason, the United States sees this as an opportunity to support the Sudanese people and contribute to an improved future for Sudan and the region.
President Trump has an incredible record on foreign policy. His plan, which he calls America First, includes several key points, namely:
• Defeating Isis and other radical Islamic terror groups through aggressive joint military operations, cutting off funding for terrorist groups, sharing intelligence, and using cyberwarfare to combat propaganda and recruiting.
• Rebuilding the American military by replenishing ammunition, upgrading equipment, and expanding all branches of the military.
• Embracing diplomacy and showing the world that “we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies.”
In conjunction with the signing of the Sudan and Israel peace agreement, President Trump intends to rescind Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This comes as Sudan agreed with the United States to resolve the claims of terror by American victims and families. Per this agreement, Sudan paid $335 million to an escrow account to be distributed to the victims and their families. This finally brings a measure of justice for the East Africa embassy bombings, the attacks on the USS Cole, and the murder of USAID employee Granville. Additionally, this agreement works toward an eventual mutual relationship between Sudan and the United States as Sudan continues on the path to a more peaceful future.
This is the third historic peace agreement between Israel and Arab-Muslim nations brokered by President Trump in less than three months, following decades of unrest and hostility in the region. Politicians have long said it could not be done, yet President Trump has now done it three times. Before today’s agreement, President Trump also brokered peace and economic normalization agreements between Israel, the U.A.E., Bahrain, Kosovo, and Serbia. Because President Trump is not a typical DC politician, he brought a new perspective to foreign policy, which has proven to be incredibly successful. As Ambassador Grenell said of the Kosovo Serbia agreement,
“They’re fighting politically about everything. Why don’t we give it a try to do something different and creative? Why not try to do economics first and let the politics fall — follow the economics?” That proved to actually be a formula that they were eager for. No one had been talking to them about this.”
For decades, politicians in DC have been doing the same things over and over and expecting a different outcome. No wonder politicians said it could never be done. By rejecting the old and failed foreign policy approaches and contributing an outsider perspective, President Trump is on the road to the fastest geopolitical transformation that the Arab world has seen in decades. He has helped these nations to recognize mutually beneficial economic ties and opportunities which will contribute to lasting peace in the entire region.