NEW YORK (VINnews) — In a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, former US president Donald Trump claimed that if he had won the 2020 election he would have brokered more peace agreements between Israel and Arab countries.
Trump said that “maybe all” remaining Arab countries would have made peace with Israel if he had remained in office. The Trump administration managed to broker peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and Kosovo in Trump’s final months in office.
“We would have had maybe all of them, that includes Saudi Arabia, within a short time after the election,” Trump said in a satellite address to the conference.
Standing ovation for President Trump at the @RJC Leadership Meeting.
"We created peace in the Middle East, something that nobody thought would even be possible to say, let alone get it done. Biden has betrayed Israel and the Jewish community and squandered our amazing success." pic.twitter.com/9fxo2mld2O
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“We fought for Israel under my administration like no president in history. I was proud to be the greatest friend Israel ever had in the White House. We created peace in the Middle East, something that nobody thought would even be possible to say, let alone get it done. Biden has betrayed Israel and the Jewish community and squandered our amazing success,” Trump added in his speech, stating that Biden “sold out” Israel’s security and was “begging to reenter the Iran deal on even worse terms than before.”
Trump was applauded with standing ovations by the Republican Jews at the conference. In a question and answer session he blasted the Biden administration for failing to expand the Abraham Accords to other countries.
“They haven’t signed any of them. We could have truly had peace in the Middle East,” Trump said.
“The election was rigged, and it’s too bad it was, and Israel lost a lot,” he said when asked about the Abraham Accords during the question and answer session.
He also repeated his belief that many Jews in the US “don’t appreciate the way they should,” contrasting them with Evangelicals who more overwhelmingly vote Republican and support right-wing Israeli governments. The line, which has been criticized by mainstream Jewish groups in the past, received applause at the RJC convention on Saturday.
While Trump received a warm reception, other key party figures who are planning to contend with him in the GOP presidential primary also received strong support at the conference, despite many blaming Trump for the current state of the Republicans.
New Jersey’s former governor and one-time Trump confidante Chris Christie said candidate quality had been the issue.
“Donald Trump picked candidates with one criteria. Not electability, not experience, not wisdom, not charisma, not the ability to govern, but ‘do you believe the 2020 election was stolen or not? If you do I endorse you. If you don’t I reject you,’” Christie said.
“The fact of the matter is the reason we’re losing is because Donald Trump has put himself before everybody else,” he said.
Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, expressed a similar sentiment in his address to the convention.
“I got a great policy for the Republican Party. Let’s stop supporting crazy unelectable candidates in our primaries,” he said.
Outgoing Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said the Republican party was “desperately in need of a course correction.”
He hailed some of Trump’s policies while insisting that the brand was not translating to success in repeated elections.
“Three strikes and you’re out. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again,” he said.