This Wednesday, President Donald Trump was nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work brokering the Abraham Accord, the recent peace deal signed by Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian Parliament member and the man who nominated Trump, stated: “I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.”
Tybring-Gjedde is right. The Abraham Accord is monumental because the UAE is the first Persian Gulf state to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, and only the third-ever Arab country to do so, after Egypt (in 1979) and Jordan (in 1994).
Although the UAE never directly went to war with Israel, relations have been sometimes rocky. As soon as the UAE won independence from Britain in 1971, the new country’s first president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, did not waste time before calling on every Arab nation to bear “its responsibilities in confronting the Israeli