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Trump Claims Foreign-Policy Win With UAE-Israel Accord

  • Biden, Obama envoy both praise breakthrough in Mideast
  • Palestinians reject deal they say means abandoning their cause
President Donald Trump holds a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Aug. 13.

President Donald Trump holds a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Aug. 13.

Photographer: Oliver Contreras/SIPA/Bloomberg

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Donald Trump hasn’t yet delivered the “deal of the century” he’s long sought in the Middle East, but his administration’s efforts have produced an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates that even opponent Joe Biden is calling a historic step.

It’s an accomplishment that comes with plans for a White House signing ceremony on the cusp of the November presidential election. And it lets President Trump claim a foreign policy win after he failed to deliver on efforts to secure a nuclear deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un or force Iran’s leaders to the negotiating table through a “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions.