Does Trump deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Donald Trump’s foreign policy was a groundbreaking success but don’t hold your breath waiting for mainstream media to tell you about it. With a no-nonsense approach and an uncanny grasp of conflicts, Trump helped increase stability in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

“Trump was the first US president in 30 years not to initiate any new military conflicts” says MEP Raak Madison who nominated the former president for the Nobel peace prize. 

It is also thanks to Trump’s policy, adds Madison, that NATO countries increased contribution to their defence budgets, which in turn “helped to strengthen security and peace in Europe.”

The jewel in Trump’s foreign policy crown is “the conclusion of several peace agreements in the Middle East where Israel made peace with several old enemies” explains Madison, “such an effort is undoubtedly a great thing and important for the whole world, as the Middle East has been a source of conflict for decades.”

Israel’s existing treaties with Egypt and Jordan guaranteed peace but never blossomed to include full-on trade, business and cultural relations. The new agreements signed with UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, are different because they bring full interaction between the peoples through travel, trade, business, cultural exchange and scientific collaboration.

Gamechanger Trump has created a new Middle East reality and made peace with the Palestinians a real possibility. First, Trump has moved the US embassy to Jerusalem which took Israel’s capital off the peace-negotiation equation. This was followed by Israel normalizing relations with Arab states, which presented the Palestinians with a new reality – “the Abraham Accords have sent a clear message to the Palestinians that they no longer have a veto over peace” Alan Dershowitz tells me, “the Palestinians see that Arab countries normalise relations with Israel and realise they run a real danger of being left behind – the accords are the real Nobel prize winners.” 

Honest Reporting CEO Daniel Pomerantz recently referred to this ‘reckoning’ as he pointed to the Arab League’s refusal to condemn the Arab states’ recognition of Israel. This refusal to condemn led to the Palestinian authority government making “some very strong and very hostile statements against the Arab league.”

This to Daniel is proof of “how isolated and out of touch the Palestinian government has become, not just with the wider world, not just with the Arab world but with the needs of their own Palestinian people too.” 

Trump has “left behind peace deals and initiatives while eliminating terrorists and confronting strategic threats” argues Rauf Baker for Besa. Baker names Trump’s “landmark agreement” between Kosovo and Serbia among other achievements, noting that all were made “despite his never having been a politician.”

I argue that Trump’s none political background has actually given him the winning edge. Putting the ‘art of the deal’ ethos into practice, Trump instinctively recognised politics as the power game that it is — where other players need to be reminded of America’s power, reach and active part in keeping the world safe.

The Nobel prize body has a golden opportunity to repair some of the damage caused to its reputation by Obama’s baffling win. Awarding the prize to Trump, for undisputed achievements might restore the public’s faith in the institution. 

Obama was awarded the prize in advance and not in recognition of any achievement, argues Madison — “in fact, Obama failed to reduce violence in the Middle East, allowed Russia to attack Ukraine and occupy Crimea, and failed to prevent an increase in Islamic extremism in Syria, if Trump were to win the Nobel Peace Prize, it would be given for the work he actually did, which would certainly reduce the damage to Obama’s peace award.”

Trump is a gamechanger. Unlike many politicians and leaders before him, he did not engage in damage control but tried to address the root of problems and conflicts. In doing so, he transformed the political and cultural mindset the world over. He didn’t just make the world safer by ending conflicts, eliminating security threats and securing peace agreements — he actually changed the way politicians and laymen perceive the world. 

Trump’s movement grew for a reason. It is not just about Americans who love their country, it is a global phenomenon. Trump gave a voice to frustrated individuals everywhere — people made to feel like outsiders by the media, even when they actually present the majority. 

“Trummpism”, says Baker, “took root and has become the wild card in the American political equation, it might even spread beyond the borders of the US and become a global movement against the “deep state,” wherever it may be. 

Perhaps Trump’s greatest achievement is opening people’s eyes to mainstream media bias and the devastating role the media plays in the cultural narrative. From deciding what stories you hear and which ‘expert’ guests are invited to comment, to the manner in which the information is presented and how it is moulded to suit an ideological agenda. Trump has red-pilled more people than anyone could have ever imagined. This to many people is his true legacy. 

About the Author
Hannah is a London based journalist covering culture and current affairs. She writes about photography, film and TV for outlets in the UK and US, and covers current affairs with particular interest in the Jewish world. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. Her films were screened in festivals worldwide and parts of her documentary about Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman were screened on the BBC.
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