Donald Trump Jr. Says Media Gave 'Almost Zero Coverage' to UAE-Israel 'Peace Deal'

Donald Trump Jr.—the eldest son of President Donald Trump—claimed the mainstream media gave almost no coverage to the historic normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), signed last week with the U.S. as an interlocutor.

The Quote

Speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, Trump Jr. told host Steve Doocy:

"They literally got a peace deal done in the Middle East within the last two weeks and there's almost zero coverage. That's like the Holy Grail of geopolitical politics and no one's even talking about it because they want to shill for Joe Biden."

Why it Matters

The Israel-UAE normalization deal was only the third signed between Israel and an Arab nation, following deals with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Other Arab states have long refused to establish full ties with Israel in protest against its ongoing territorial dispute with the Palestinian Authority, plus its conquest and annexation of land controlled by neighboring states.

Israel has been quietly improving ties with regional nations in recent decades, increasing economic, technological, and security cooperation with Arab states. The Trump Administration has encouraged this rapprochement, partly under its effort to contain Iran.

This month's deal between Israel and the UAE represents a major diplomatic coup for Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Republican National Convention Tuesday: "This is a deal that our grandchildren will read about in their history books."

Other Gulf states may soon follow suit, with Bahrain and Oman touted as the next nations that could sign normalization deals with Israel.

Pompeo has been visiting regional countries this week to underscore the success and significance of the UAE agreement and lay the groundwork for potential future deals.

The Facts

Trump Jr.'s assertion that the Israel-UAE peace deal received "almost zero" coverage is false. The development dominated the national news agenda when it was announced, including for mainstream organizations like CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post—all favored targets of criticism by Trump and his allies.

Mainstream publications and news channels have continued their coverage of the issue since the announcement, with speculation as to what country might be next to normalize ties with Israel, the significance of Trump's success, and how the deal will change the geopolitical balance in the Gulf.

The Israel-UAE agreement—though historic and of huge geopolitical significance—is not a genuine "peace deal," as described by Trump Jr., because the two nations have never been at war.

Trump Jr. appeared to be conflating the Israel-UAE agreement with a wider peace agreement covering the entire region. Traditionally, the issue of Middle East peace negotiations hinges on the Palestinian issue, which remains unresolved.

This is historically the "Holy Grail" of regional geopolitics, one that currently appears out of the reach of the Trump Administration.

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This picture taken on August 14, 2020 in Dubai, UAE shows the front pages of UAE-based The National and Gulf News newspapers declaring the normalization deal with Israel. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images/Getty