Former Trump adviser says technique was to bypass Palestinians, isolate Iran and construct political capital with Gulf states.
The Trump administration determined to go across the Palestinians to forge normalisation agreements final 12 months between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, a former Trump official stated.
Robert O’Brien, nationwide safety adviser to former President Donald Trump, stated the Trump administration sought to construct “political capital” with Israel first by shifting the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“We couldn’t permit the Palestinians to face as a roadblock to a broader Center East peace,” O’Brien stated, describing for the primary time since leaving workplace the technique behind Trump’s diplomatic strikes.
“So we went to our mates and companions and allies and we constructed political capital. And a method we constructed political capital in Israel was by shifting the embassy to Jerusalem, a method we did it was by recognising the Golan Heights, as Israeli territory,” O’Brien stated.
Former President Trump solid normalisation agreements known as the “Abraham Accords” between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September 2020. Extra agreements have been reached to incorporate Morocco in December and Sudan in January.
Trump had introduced in 2017 the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem because the capital of Israel. The transfer was celebrated in Israel however broadly condemned elsewhere as detrimental to internationally supported Palestinian pursuits.
Trump unilaterally recognised Israeli sovereignty over the Golan in 2019, contravening worldwide legislation. Israel had seized the territory from Syria within the Six Day Conflict of 1967.
“These have been info that have been by no means going to alter on the bottom. Jerusalem was by no means going to alter being the capital of Israel. Israel was by no means going to present the Golan Heights again to Assad or some other regime in Syria,” O’Brien stated.
“We did the identical factor. We constructed political capital with Bahrain, with Morocco with the UAE by letting them know that we might stand with them, by getting out of” the Iran nuclear deal “which was a severe menace to the area”, O’Brien stated.
The 2015 United Nations-backed Iran settlement was “offering the Iranian regime with a lot cash, so many funds, to export their revolutionary ideology,” O’Brien stated.
Trump unilaterally withdrew In 2018 from the Iran nuclear settlement which had been negotiated by his predecessor President Barack Obama. Now, President Biden is shifting to open negotiations with Iran to revive the settlement.
“We then took that capital and used it to convey the events collectively and to see if we may convey them to some type of accord, which we did,” O’Brien stated.
O’Brien’s remarks got here throughout a panel dialogue hosted by the US Institute for Peace in Washington that included President Joe Biden’s Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Different Arab states are prone to be part of the Abraham Accords as they see financial advantages and the brand new relations ought to permit the US to attract down some its army forces within the area, O’Brien stated.
Among the many advantages, O’Brien stated the accords ought to permit Israeli entrepreneurs to boost capital from Arab sovereign wealth funds.
“It packing containers China out of Israel’s tech sector to some extent, which is one thing I checked out very rigorously,” O’Brien stated.
Biden adviser Sullivan stated the brand new administration intends to construct on the Abraham Accords. The brand new president is “fascinated about how we guarantee that the seeds which were planted truly develop into the form of full cooperation” that has been promised, he stated.
Individually, Secretary of State Antony Blinken had instructed the US Senate on January 19 the Biden administration could be taking an in depth take a look at the incentives Trump had provided the UAE and Bahrain to enter the accords.
O’Brien stated he nonetheless hoped for a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians and recommended different Arab states like Saudi Arabia would take part future.
“We weren’t capable of get the Palestinians. I want we had been. However there are a selection of carrots and sticks that’ll convey them to the desk,” O’Brien stated, including that he thinks European nations will assist once they “see the success” of the Abraham Accords.