President Trump on Tuesday predicted that the historic peace deals his administration brokered with Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will eventually force the Palestinians to come to the table, as more such deals follow.
He said after Israel and the UAE reached an agreement, Bahrain worked out a deal as well.
“We have many others going to be coming in over a short period of time, and the Palestinians will ultimately come in, too,” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“And you’re going to have peace in the Middle East, without being stupid and shooting everybody and killing everybody and having blood all over the sand. So you’ll have peace,” he said.
The White House is hosting a signing ceremony later Tuesday for the Abraham Agreement between Israel and the UAE.
Following that, Bahrain and Israel will sign an accord they recently reached.
Responding to a question about whether the president’s Middle East strategy is to work out deals with other Arab countries to force the Palestinians to the negotiating table or be left out, Trump said that “is certainly a piece of it.”
“Let me tell you, when we start getting the rest of the countries in, they will come to the table, 100 percent. They’re actually getting to a point where they’re going to want to make a deal. They won’t say that outwardly. They want to make a deal,” the president said.
He said the Palestinians are difficult to deal with, but his cutting off funds to the group sent a clear message.
“We paid them a tremendous amount of money for many decades. We paid them money – was almost like hostage-type money. It was bribe money and it was foolish. And I took it away,” Trump said.
Despite the calls for “death to America,” the president said the US sent the Palestinians money.
“And then we paid them $750 million. Yes, that’s a lot of money. We paid them all this money and they speak badly about us. I said, ‘I’m going to end the money. Let them know we’re not going to pay it anymore.’ We didn’t pay it anymore. But other very rich countries would pay,” the president said.
Trump also predicted that Iran would renegotiate the nuclear deal the US withdrew from if he is re-elected in November but that the Islamic Republic is holding out hope that Joe Biden would win.
“They’re dying to make a deal but they want to see what happens in the election,” Trump said, adding that “we’ll have a deal with Iran within one month” if he returns to the White House.
“But if Biden got in, they’ll just take it, they’ll take our guts,” he said.