Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by Lord David Trimble of Northern Ireland for their path-breaking peace deal that opened the door for Israel to normalize ties with its Arab neighbors.
The Prime Minister’s Office reported Tuesday on the nomination, noting that Trimble was a recipient of the prize in 1998 for his efforts to resolve the conflict in Northern Ireland.
“Pursuant to the rules of the Nobel Prize Committee, since Lord Trimble is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, his decision to submit Prime Minister Netanyahu’s candidacy will lead the committee to discuss the issue,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.
US President Donald Trump, who brokered the deal, was not nominated by Trimble, but his name had been put forward separately, on at least on three occasions, in September, for the Israeli-UAE deal.
Prior to Trimble’s nomination, Netanyahu’s name had already been submitted at least twice for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
In September Netanyahu was nominated by Italian lawmaker Paolo Grimoldi and then by Finish parliamentarian Vilhelm Junilla. The latter nomination also included Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The Israel-UAE deal ratified in October is only the third between Israel and an Arab state, followed by another with Bahrain that was ratified this month.
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SOURCE: The Jerusalem Post, Tovah Lazaroff