US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said recently the Biden administration is committed to both the Abraham Accords in the Middle East and a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“We welcome and support the normalization agreements between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world,” a State Department official said last week.
“The United States will continue to encourage other countries to normalize relations with Israel, and we will look for other opportunities to expand cooperation among countries in the region,” the statement added.
The announcement came as Israel prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of the historic Abraham Accords. The Abraham Accords Peace Institute will mark the celebration with its first formal event to discuss the next steps for the accords.
Rob Greenway, the executive director of the institute, previously served on the National Security Council during the administration of former president Donald Trump.
The Abraham Accords were signed in an event in Washington that included leaders from the United States and Israel, along with representatives from Bahrain, Morocco, and the UAE. Sudan later also joined the accords.
Former Trump adviser Jared Kushner was pivotal in the development of the agreement, serving as the chief architect of Trump’s Middle East peace strategy.
I was personally invited to witness the historic signing in Washington in 2020. The agreement marked the first major peace agreement between Israel and Middle Eastern nations in more than 20 years.
Trump was the strongest supporter of the State of Israel of any president in my lifetime. In addition to fostering the Abraham Accords, he achieved the historic landmark of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and moving the American Embassy there from Tel Aviv, not to mention Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
In contrast, the Biden administration continues to support Israel, but conveys a feeling that its backing is much weaker than it used to be. During this spring’s 11-day Gaza War, for example, some Democrats unbelievably showed support for Hamas — as Gazan terrorists fired thousands of deadly rockets at Israel’s civilian population. The administration seemed more interested in the partisan politics of pleasing so-called “progressive” Democratic representatives than supporting Israel in its struggle against Islamist terrorism.
Thankfully, the recent White House meeting between Biden and Bennett affirmed the two nations as allies, as well as their shared goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Both leaders agreed to keep trying diplomacy for now, but to prepare for whatever other action may be necessary.