A well-known author and Middle East expert who once opposed Donald Trump's bid for the presidency now says he believes Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his accomplishments in that region.
Last year, the Trump administration announced peace agreements between Israel and four Arab countries: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan. Collectively, the agreements were dubbed the "Abraham Accords."
As part of the agreements, the countries each agreed to normalize relations with Israel.
Joel Rosenberg, the author of a new book about the region, Enemies and Allies, said Trump deserves more credit for the deals. Rosenberg says he was a "Never Trumper" in 2016 but evolved into a Trump supporter.
"Everyone told him he couldn't make peace in the Middle East," Rosenberg told journalist David Brody in an episode of The Water Cooler.
"He made peace with four Arab nations and Israel," Rosenberg said. "He deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. I don't think he's going to get it, but he deserved it – as does [former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the other leaders that made these Abraham Accords peace treaties."
Rosenberg also credited Trump with being "tough" in his foreign policy.
"He was tough on Iran. He ripped up that insane nuclear deal. He applied a maximum pressure campaign against Iran. He took out [Iranian military officer] Qasem Soleimani," Rosenberg said. "He destroyed the caliphate. That was peace through strength. That was the Trump way.
"Biden's way is appeasement," Rosenberg said. "And we're seeing the catastrophic results of the difference between these two men. … Biden has 50 years of experience supposedly in foreign policy, and yet our enemies are emboldened, and our allies are rattled, and that is not the way you want to conduct U.S. foreign policy in such a dangerous world."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.