Trump Should Get Nobel Prize for Peace Deal!
Jennifer Franco: President Trump brokered a diplomatic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel is agreeing to abandon plans to annex parts of the West Bank in exchange for a return to normal relations with the UAE. President Trump is touting the accomplishment as a significant step toward encouraging other Arab and Muslim nations in the region to broker their own deals. Joining me now, the founder of the American Truth Project and Daily Ledger contributor, Barry Nussbaum. Barry, so can you explain a little bit why this deal is even happening in the first place? And is there any significance surrounding the timing of that?
Barry Nussbaum: Well, yeah, and the significance is you have the seven Arab Emirates that make up their you the unity government that has never had a war with Israel. So making peace, unlike the peace with Jordan and Egypt over the past decades, is much easier. Number two, they want Israeli technology in the high tech areas and in regards to COVID. Number three, they are trying to diversify their investment portfolio. These countries are fabulously wealthy traders. They're not oil-driven. They're business-driven. And quite frankly, I think the biggest reason is the old adage that's been true in politics for centuries. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. And as Iran becomes more intentionally belligerent in the Gulf region and threatens the Gulf states, especially the Emirates, they're looking around for an ally and who hates Iran more than any other country? Well, Israel and the UAE is probably close behind. Therefore, this is a friendship well, based on necessity.
Jennifer Franco: And we heard President Trump tout his involvement in this. How much of an impact did the Trump administration have in getting this deal done and signed? And I mean, did any of its predecessors ever try to do the same thing that he did?
Barry Nussbaum: I don't think there's a possibility to overemphasize the significance of the deal Trump has pulled off. I literally put this in the category of Nobel Peace Prize nomination. This is a deal that is unprecedented for decades. And it's all about Trump pushing both sides to get married. And I give him the credit for it. Keep in mind, every president since Clinton has been obligated by the Congress under the law to move the embassy to Jerusalem. And they all came up with cockamamie excuses as to why they weren't going to do it. Every president since Truman has put on the agenda an Israeli Arab peace deal. Trump has pulled off a mini-miracle, and you can't give him enough credit for what he has accomplished.
Jennifer Franco: Yeah, I mean, it's certainly been a long time in the making. And like you pointed out, there's still more he wants to accomplish. So he's not done with this. I mean, there's plenty. We see Jared Kushner heavily involved leading a lot of these talks. But the other thing that comes to mind when I think about this is just watching a lot of the mainstream media and the legacy channels out there. And they didn't quite give the same amount of reporting, the same amount of airtime to this story as they've done to other things like the pandemic and the debacle with the Postal Service. And, you know, we've seen a lot of these stories coming out of the Middle East in particular, and they're big stories. I mean, there was the bombing or the explosion, I should say, in Lebanon. The recent developments with Iran and the Trump administration's request for the U.N., you don't see a lot of this in the mainstream media. Why do you think that is?
Barry Nussbaum: It's so simple, and it's such a great question. You can't spin it negatively, so you don't report on it. You cannot overemphasize the value of this deal, and you can't make Trump look bad by just telling the truth about the deal. So, as you said, it just doesn't get reported. Why? Because you can't spin it negatively. And the mainstream media is running something like ninety-two percent stories on Trump, negative and eight percent stories on Trump positive. And they fill up the positive stories in the first one minute of every news day. So the other ninety-two percent has to be bad. You have no room for this deal.
Jennifer Franco: And in the last minute or so that we have, I mean, aside from not giving people the information that they deserve and the transparency they deserve, what sort of larger impacts do you think that this model of media has on communities not just here in the U.S., but around the world?
Barry Nussbaum: I was thinking back to my childhood, and in my younger days, there were three sources of news, and that was Walter Cronkite and CBS, Howard K. Smith of ABC, and Huntley Brinkley on NBC. And they were fastidious about delivering the facts and letting you decide because you were intelligent enough to make your own decision. Now, the news is you're kind of dumb. We need to tell you what it is. We need to tell you what to think. And don't worry, we'll give you a conclusion, too. So the spin on the news is outlandishly biased to support the media bias about that specific source of news. And I put news in quotes. For example, the people who used to be part of it, Dan Rather got fired for making up stories. So did Peter Jennings in the past. So now you have to be a very judicious consumer of news to figure out, well, what is really true and what is really spin. And it's hard to do. It's very hard to do, especially when you have such great news that isn't even on the news.
Jennifer Franco: Right. And I mean, there's such a saturation to it. I don't blame people for not wanting to give the time or maybe not having the energy or the patience to dig through it, to find the truth, and find answers. As you mentioned, there's just a lot happening. And it could help us all if things were just a little bit more clear and a little bit more transparent and things got an equal amount of attention. Barry Nussbaum, thank you so much for coming on. Always a pleasure.