Lord Trimble´s statement
Nomination for The Nobel Peace Prize Benjamin Netanyahu And Mohammed Bin Zayed
I am nominating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their historic achievements in advancing peace in the Middle East.
2020-11-24 by Rt Hon The Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey
As a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, I am nominating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their historic achievements in advancing peace in the Middle East.
President Donald Trump has already been nominated for the prize for his contributions to this cause, and I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu and Crown Prince bin Zayed merit equal recognition along with the President.
I make this nomination with full recollection of these men’s predecessors in the endeavour for peace between Arabs and Israelis: Egyptian President Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin, whose achievements were recognised by the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee. Tragically President al-Sadat and Prime Minister Rabin were assassinated as a result of their work for peace.
I am confident that neither Prime Minister Netanyahu nor Crown Prince bin Zayed will suffer the same fate due to the comprehensive quality of their endeavour and the wide-ranging support it enjoys. Despite decades of intensive efforts, until now peace between Israel and Arab nations has proved elusive.
Four major wars have been fought between Israel and Arab states, and Israel has been subjected to countless terrorist attacks, leading on four further occasions to major conflicts between Israel and Palestinian Arabs. In the 72 years since the foundation of the modern State of Israel in 1948, until recently only two Arab countries made peace with Israel: Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
In the last few weeks, three more countries, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of the Sudan have all agreed to normalise relations with Israel: the first such peace deals in 26 years. These far-reaching achievements are the result of the courageous leadership, diplomatic energies and relentless pursuit of peace by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Crown Prince bin Zayed. There is every likelihood that the work of these two leaders, which continues, will encourage further Middle Eastern states to join them in normalising relations, leading to much needed prosperity and peace for peoples across the region. Although there has been resistance from the Palestinian Arab leadership, despite efforts to embrace them in this progress, I believe that the changing paradigm in the region, resulting from the Abraham Accords, stands the best possible chance to encourage the Palestinian people to reach a lasting accommodation with the State of Israel.
I know from my own experience how dangerous, damaging and corrosive are decades of violent ill-will between close neighbours and I wish for nothing more than to see peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I believe this comes within closer reach as a direct result of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s and Crown Prince bin Zayed’s leadership. Award of the Peace Prize will not only recognise the achievements of these men, but will also serve to encourage a widening and deepening peace in the Middle East.
I strongly urge governments everywhere and international bodies such as the United Nations and European Union to play their own roles by supporting and advancing the foundations laid by Prime Minister Netanyahu, Crown Prince bin Zayed and the others involved in the Abraham Accords.
Trimble of Lisnagarvey
House of Lords London SW1
20th November 2020