Less than a month after President Trump brokered the first peace agreement between Israel and another Middle Eastern country in more than 25 years, a member of Norway’s parliament nominated Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize.
According to Fox News, “the nomination submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, lauded Trump for his efforts toward resolving protracted conflicts worldwide.”
Gjedde, a right wing leader of the Conservative Progress Party who’s has served in the Norwegian parliament since 2005 and is chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told Fox “for his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.”
Fox added, he said the “Trump administration has played a key role in the establishment of relations between Israel and the UAE.” Because of Trump’s actions, he thinks “other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”
Gjedde continued in his letter to the Nobel committee, writing, Trump played a “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea. Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter.”
Since Israel’s inception in 1947 following WWII, Arab nations for the most part have either been in outright war with the small Jewish state or refusing to recognize its right to exist. However, three countries have stood against the pack and normalized relations with Israel.
In 1978 during what would famously be known as the Camp David Accord, Jimmy Carter mediated a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that has lasted over 40 years and counting. That act was cited by the Nobel Peace Prize committee as “the high-point of his presidential term,” and was one of the main reasons behind their decision to award Carter the prize in 2002.
Almost 20 years later, President Bill Clinton hosted a peace agreement signing between Israel and Jordan at the White House, marking the second time in Israel’s history where an Arab nation recognized the Jewish state. The treaty would not have been possible without Clinton promising to forgive $700 million worth of debt for Jordan.
On August 13th, 2020, ending a 25-year peace deal dry spell, the Trump administration led negotiations between Israel and the UAE where the two countries normalized relations in exchange for Israel suspending all future annexation of territory in the West Bank.
Rumor has it Saudi Arabia may soon become the fourth nation to normalize relations with Israel, and being the wealthiest and most influential state in the region, that would be a game changer. In early September, Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to Israel, allowing Israeli to fly over the massive nation on their journey to the UAE, though the planes are still forbidden from landing.
This wasn’t the first time the Norwegian politician nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. After Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un and convinced him to sign a denuclearization agreement with the US and South Korea in 2018, Gjedde submitted Trump to the Nobel committee. Obviously, he didn’t win, but Gjedde thinks this time might be different.
“I’m not a big Trump supporter,” he said. “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes. The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing.”
After nine months of being President, the Nobel Prize committee awarded President Obama with the esteemed award, saying his “vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations,” and that he “captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” At that point, the committee’s based their decision on the promise for change and the hope that Obama would eventually bring about greater peace throughout the world. At the time, Obama had not actually accomplished all the much on the world or domestic stage. He would later go on to expand America’s military presence overseas, launch drone strikes in over a dozen countries, and invade Libya without Congressional approval.
Oddly enough, Obama agreed with that criticism, saying in his acceptance speech, “to be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”