Part of my studies at Texas A&M University in College Station included a political science focus on China, Africa, and the Middle East. All three are incredibly fascinating.
It is from that historical perspective that I must congratulate President Trump for achieving a significant step towards stability in the Middle East and a safer path forward for the nation of Israel.
I recognize there will be radicals on both sides who will use the “slippery slope” fallacy finding something negative in an Arab country recognizing Israel as a country. But I see the opposite.
For example, previously the Arab states didn’t have diplomatic relations with Israel. In denying that acknowledgement, it left the Arab states with little leverage to negotiate regarding what will hopefully be an acknowledged state of Palestine.
It won’t be easy, the path forward will be fraught with peril. But this has been the case in the Middle East since ‘67.
The first step towards peace, anywhere, is for people to communicate with words instead of bombs. UAE is taking a leadership role here, being the adults in the room, and acknowledging Israel as a peer. And communicating formally with respect.
I view, I predict, I am hopeful that years from now we will view this as a turning point in the never ending quest for peace in the Middle East.
Today I congratulate the Trump administration for being a part of the solution on this issue.