David Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel, gave an interview to Al Ain News in the United Arab Emirates and said that if Biden wins the election it would be “bad for the region” and “presents a real risk” to what the Trump administration has achieved in terms of ending armed conflict in the Middle East, Breitbart reported.
The ambassador pointed primarily to Biden’s international policies, who as vice president during the Obama administration signed the nuclear pact with Iran.
Friedman said, “I think this is the most consequential issue of the election, because as you know, Joe Biden was part of the Obama administration, which negotiated and implemented the Iran deal, something that President Trump—and I share his view—I think is the worst international deal the U.S. has ever entered into.”
The nuclear deal with Iran signed in 2015 lifted economic sanctions on the country and in fact allowed the regime, with more financial resources, to increase its procurement of uranium, bringing it very close to fulfilling its ambition of having an atomic bomb.
The agreement “created a pathway for Iran to create a nuclear weapon, it did nothing to restrain Iran from malign activity whether supporting terrorists, throughout Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen. Did nothing to restrain its ballistic missiles,” Friedman stressed in the interview.
In May 2018, President Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran and reimposing economic sanctions on the country, sending a message to the Iranian regime that it would have much bigger problems if it continued to pursue nuclear weapons.
“So we think right now we are in a very good place in terms of the sanctions that we have imposed to Iran. If we continue on this path, we think Iran will ultimately have no choice but to end its malign activity,” Friedman said of what the current administration has accomplished to contain the Iranian regime’s terrorist activity.
In August, President Trump announced the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Weeks later, the Kingdom of Bahrain joined, and more Muslim nations are expected to join.
These peace treaties are seen as a step toward peace in the region because by resuming diplomatic relations, trade, and cultural exchanges, two important Muslim-majority countries that have historically been in conflict with Jews over ideological issues have now normalized their relations thus reducing the potential for armed conflict.
President Trump was later nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the treaties.
“A new administration especially if it’s consisted of people who were part of the Obama administration, I think it presents a real risk to those gains that we have, worked so hard for together with our allies in the Gulf and our allies in Israel,” Friedman warned, adding, “I would hate to think a new administration would undermine that but regrettably if Biden wins I guess they might.”