'Never Trump' Stalwart Bret Stephes Praises Trump for Middle East Peace Deals

'Never Trump' Stalwart Bret Stephes Praises Trump for Middle East Peace Deals


Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author who opposed Donald Trump bitterly in 2016 and thereafter, has written in praise of the 45th president for negotiating peace agreements between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors.

In a column titled “A Rare Middle East Triumph” (subtitle: “And — yes — a triumph for Trump, too”), Stephens argues that Trump has seen through the fiction that the Palestinian question must be resolved before peace can advance:

For years, the Trump administration’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East have been the object of relentless derision in elite foreign-policy circles, some of it justified. Yet with Friday’s announcement that Bahrain would join the United Arab Emirates as the second Arab state in 30 days to normalize ties with Israel, the administration has done more for regional peace than most of its predecessors, including an Obama administration that tried hard and failed

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