President Trump’s Middle East peace deals, including the last Friday between Israel and Sudan, are “unprecedented” for the region, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Saturday.
The president announced the deal brokered by the United States in the Oval Office on Friday, saying that “there will be many more peace deals to come in the Middle East.”
Ortagus, appearing on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” said it was important to put the agreements in context, noting that until two months ago, it had been 26 years since relations had normalized between a Arab nation and the Jewish state.
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“Now in just over two months we have three,” Ortagus told co-host Pete Hegseth, saying a “fundamental change” was happening in the region.
She credits Trump’s foreign policy Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior White House adviser and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who changed “the way the United States viewed the Middle East.”
“We rejected the conventional wisdom of both political parties, on both sides of the aisle in Washington, DC, where we said we were going to empower the State of Israel and our Arab allies and friends, and we have been informed by all these decisions we have taken that we will be fighting World War III in the Middle East, and instead we now have three Arab-Israeli peace accords, ”Ortagus said.
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She said the Arab countries had said for years that they would not negotiate with Israel until an agreement was reached with the Palestinians.
“They also looked at the state of Israel and said it is an economic powerhouse, it is a country without oil, without some of the natural resources available to their neighbors, but with a strong economy, very strong in technology. and in military systems, these countries have therefore decided that they would do better to associate openly, especially against the Islamic Republic of Iran, our enemy, ”she declared.
When Trump laid out his vision for Middle East peace in February, he said he hoped for a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian peace, which he addressed on Friday.
“The Palestinians, they want to do something. “I am sure that will be done too,” said the president.
The growing number of Arab countries formalizing their relations with Israel, which also includes the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, has been condemned by the Palestinians, who seek a two-state solution. Egypt and Jordan were the only two Arab countries to officially recognize Israel.
Ortagus called recent events “a radical change” for the Middle East, and in particular Sudan.
Friday’s deal, which would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West, follows Trump’s conditional deal this week to remove the North African nation from the list of terrorist sponsoring states if it pays compensation to American victims of terrorist attacks.
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Pompeo said in a ceremony announcing the deal that victims of terrorism would receive $ 335 million in compensation from Sudan.
The money is intended for victims of the bombings carried out in 1998 against the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by the al-Qaida network while its leader, Osama bin Laden, was living in Sudan. Trump said on Tuesday that once the funds were transferred, he would remove Sudan from the list.
Morgan Phillips of Fox News contributed to this report.