Ilhan Omar: Biden Must Reverse Trump’s Historic Middle East Peace Deals

Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has made it abundantly clear that she’s opposed to any policy that might favor Israel – even a little – said this week that President Donald Trump’s unprecedented peace deals in the Middle East have actually made the world a more dangerous place. In a series of tweets, Omar accused the president of presiding over what should more accurately be called “arms deals,” and she called on Joe Biden to reverse the agreements as one of his first acts as president.

“[Trump] recently inked so-called ‘peace deals’ between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan, and Israel,” she tweeted. “The only problem? They weren’t peace deals. They’re arms sales to human rights abusers, designed to empower the Gulf States and increase the risk of war with Iran.”

Omar’s tweets were accompanied by a piece in The Nation, where she accused Trump of getting cozy with the United Arab Emirates at the expense of human rights in Yemen and Libya.

“Nearly every action taken under President Trump has made armed conflict more instead of less likely,” she argued. “Trump imposed crippling sanction after crippling sanction on the Iranian people—depriving them of much-needed medical supplies during a pandemic and further tightening the brutal authoritarian regime’s grip on power. He ordered the assassination of an Iranian commander—risking all-out war—earlier this year. As a result of these actions, Iran finally backed out of the nuclear pact that Trump himself had torn up in 2018—and now has 12 times more enriched uranium than would have been permitted under the agreement.”

Omar called on Biden to go in and scrap the deals that Trump made possible.

“Instead of siding with one group of dictators over another, we should position ourselves at an equal distance from both, allowing ourselves to be honest brokers, protecting our national security and interests while promoting human rights and democracy,” she wrote. “We can hold Iran accountable for its human rights violations while also holding Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the UAE accountable.”

If the deals Trump made between Sudan, the UAE, and Israel had been brokered by a Democratic president, they would have been hailed as the historic steps toward peace that they are. But because they were made – not just by a Republican but by the vilified Trump – they are either totally ignored or reimagined as war-like appeasement.

Omar’s real problem, of course, is that Israel’s statehood is being legitimized by Muslim governments. That’s what she really wants reversed. Reversed right up to the point of erasing America’s Jewish allies off the map.

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