President Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Israel-UAE deal

In perhaps the most important speech of his political career, President Donald Trump said the upcoming election is the nation’s most important in history.

President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates last month.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian lawmaker with the Progress Party, told a Fox News podcast on Wednesday that Trump “should be awarded” for the agreement, which normalizes relations between the two countries following what Gjedde characterized as “hostile conditions for as long as you can remember.”

Trump would be the fifth American president to win the prize, joining Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt. The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Oct. 9 in Oslo, Norway, but Trump is being considered for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign their historic deal normalizing relations at a White House ceremony Sept. 15, officials said Tuesday.

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Senior delegations from the two countries will be led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the brother of Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince. U.S. officials, who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the ceremony would either be on the South Lawn, the Rose Garden or inside depending on weather.

Israeli model May Tager, right, holds Israel's blue-and-white flag bearing the Star of David while next to her Anastasia Bandarenka, a Dubai-based model originally from Russia, waves the Emirati flag, during a photo shoot in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Israeli model May Tager, right, holds Israel's blue-and-white flag bearing the Star of David while next to her Anastasia Bandarenka, a Dubai-based model originally from Russia, waves the Emirati flag, during a photo shoot in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Credit: Kamran Jebreili

Credit: Kamran Jebreili

Late Tuesday, Netanyahu tweeted he “was proud to leave for Washington next week at the invitation of President Trump and to participate in the historic ceremony at the White House” to sign the deal with the UAE.

The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency acknowledged Sheikh Abdullah would lead the Emirati delegation to the signing. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s day-to-day ruler named in the joint announcement of the U.S.-brokered deal, apparently will not attend.

Sheikh Mohammed has not traveled to the U.S. since being named tangentially in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on President Trump and Russian interference in America’s 2016 election.

The UAE-Israel ceremony will come just a month after the agreement to establish full diplomatic relations was announced Aug. 13. The historic deal delivered a key foreign policy victory to Trump as he seeks reelection and reflected a changing Middle East in which shared concerns about archenemy Iran have largely overtaken traditional Arab support for the Palestinians.

That announcement was followed by the first direct commercial flight between the countries and the establishment of telephone links.

The UAE also announced the end of its boycott of Israel, which allows trade and commerce between the oil-rich Emirates and Israel, home to a thriving diamond trade, pharmaceutical companies and tech start-ups.

The Palestinians have rejected the deal as trading away one of the few cards they have in moribund peace talks with Israel to establish their own independent state — the Arab boycott of Israel. The UAE presented the agreement as taking Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank off the table. But Netanyahu insisted the pause was “temporary.”

Abu Dhabi also hopes the deal will allow it to purchase advanced American weaponry, such as the F-35 stealth fighter jet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.