The Biden administration is bluntly refusing to call former President Trump’s historic “Abraham Accords” by that name, preferring instead to call them “normalization agreements” between Israel and neighboring Arab states.
On Monday as the Biden administration tepidly marked the one-year anniversary of the “Abraham Accords” they attempted to distance themselves from Trump’s historic Middle East victories.
The agreements were signed on Sept. 15, 2020, between Israel, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. Morocco joined in December of 2020. The accords sought to establish peace and diplomatic relations between the countries. The “Abraham Accords” have since then been expanded to include other Arab nations. However, the process has notably slowed since Trump left office and Biden assumed the presidency.
The anniversary of the “Abraham Accords” was celebrated in New York. Israel and other Arab nations sent emissaries to the event. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield also attended and made a point of not using the term “Abraham Accords” in her prepared remarks.
The unwillingness of the Biden administration to use the term “Abraham Accords,” when all of the countries insist on it, is petty, partisan and sadly too common in today’s divided America. https://t.co/6ilDibxeS9
— Mark Dubowitz (@mdubowitz) September 13, 2021
She referred to the accords as “normalization agreements” just as the Biden administration has done previously. All those involved other than the U.S. government under Biden and the U.N. choose to refer to the agreements as the “Abraham Accords.”
Thomas-Greenfield received intense criticism for not addressing the “Abraham Accords” by their actual name. Eventually, she caved to pressure, tweeting, “The U.S. is committed to strengthening & expanding the progress made by the #AbrahamAccords & exploring how to advance those efforts at the UN. We are also committed to a two-state solution & our diplomacy will remain focused on advancing that vision.”
The U.S. is committed to strengthening & expanding the progress made by the #AbrahamAccords & exploring how to advance those efforts at the UN. We are also committed to a two-state solution & our diplomacy will remain focused on advancing that vision. https://t.co/YR6aK9fKrO
— Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (@USAmbUN) September 14, 2021
It should be noted that Thomas-Greenfield is a proponent of the two-state solution and a supporter of the Palestinians.
“…as we continue to pursue normalization between Israel and neighboring countries, we remain committed to a two-state solution. We firmly believe Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of freedom, dignity, security, and prosperity, and U.S. diplomacy will remain focused on practical steps to advance that vision in the immediate term,” she stated at the event according to The Times of Israel.
The State Department website used the title “Abraham Accords” to announce Thomas-Greenfield’s remarks. But she chose to specifically not use the term in her remarks when she delivered them.
The rebranding of the accords is not new. The Biden administration has been doing it for some time now. They laid the groundwork in April and made it a standard practice in the State Department.
Here is the transcript of a telling back and forth between a reporter and spokesman Ned Price sparring over what to call the accords via the Biden State Department:
“Okay. And then just as an aside, what does this – what do you call these agreements between…” the reporter started.
“They’re normalization agreements,” Price answered.
“Yeah, but what are the – what is the name for them?” the reporter countered.
“Normalization agreements,” Price retorted.
“No, there’s a specific name that they all signed onto. I believe you know what it is,” the reporter stated trying to bait Price into admitting the agreements are called the “Abraham Accords.”
“Look, we call them – we call them normalization agreements. That’s…” Price sputtered.
“Why do you not…” the reporter began again.
“That’s precisely what they are,” Price asserted.
“…use the name that the leaders of these countries signed onto…” the reporter continued.
“We’re…” Price interjected.
“…which is the Abraham Accords? Why is that…” the reporter continued.
“I’m not averse to using that. I’m describing what these are. These are normalization…” Price contended.
“Well, then can you say it for me, please?” the reporter prodded.
“Of course I can say the term ‘Abraham Accords,’ Matt,” Price tersely answered.
“Thank you,” the reporter said.
“But we call them normalization agreements,” Price reiterated.
Look how hard it is for Ned Price to say “Abraham Accords.” | pic.twitter.com/NUO5rqtZEQ
— Mike (@Doranimated) April 2, 2021
If forced to, the Biden administration will admit they are the “Abraham Accords.” But they will go through endless hoops to avoid doing so it would seem.
It appears the reason for that is that former President Trump was the one who named the accords and they don’t want anything to do with something he successfully created.
Biden may not want Trump recognized for the historic agreement but Americans remember it was the former president who made history:
Not to mention that the name just rolls off the tongue and has real, deep, historical resonance.
— Vivian Bercovici (@VivianBercovici) September 14, 2021
they are petulant whiny ass babies
— Brian Just (@brjust) September 14, 2021
Because the @POTUS is nothing but pettiness. #AmericaLast
— Hidden Behind Additional Replies (@inthecounty) September 14, 2021
The Abraham Accords that were negotiated by President Trump and his team, led by Jared Kushner and @AviBerkow, have removed stigma of direct flights between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
President Trump has changed the course of history! https://t.co/61PCd32hxd
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) September 13, 2021
As far as I can tell, only one side is having a problem saying the words “Abraham Accords,” which is odd since that’s what the agreement participants call it. https://t.co/6yCJmYBONh
— Len Khodorkovsky (@MessageFromLen) September 14, 2021
One of my favorite photos #AbrahamAccords pic.twitter.com/k4Loo5Jadq
— Avi Berkowitz (@AviBerkow) September 13, 2021
Such a historic and monumental achievement the accords are! Happy anniversary!!!
— David M Boyce (@DboyceM) September 14, 2021
TRUMP PEACE: After one year Abraham Accords has brought booming trade between Israel and Arab neighbors https://t.co/wMd8Sw6U9W pic.twitter.com/P7AfXFBLxi
— Atlas Shrugs (@atlasshrugs) September 6, 2021
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