Henry Kissinger urges Biden to uphold Trump’s ‘brilliant’ Middle East success

But new admin already has ditched Israel-Indonesia deal bolstering U.S. against China

March 07, 2021

Biden’s unraveling of the President Trump administration’s Middle East policy already is well underway, but a prominent elder statesmen is advising him to uphold his predecessor’s “brilliant” realignment of the region’s politics.

Henry Kissinger, who was secretary of state under the Nixon and Ford administrations, praised Trump administration’s strategy of pitting major Sunni Muslim countries against Iran’s Shiite mullah-led regime, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“I think that one of the great successes of the previous administration was that they had lined up, that they had achieved two things in the Middle East,” Kissinger said Tuesday during the first seminar of a new monthly series from the Richard Nixon Foundation focused on national security and foreign policy.

“One, to separate the Palestinian problem from all of the other problems so that it did not become a veto over everything else — and secondly, of lining up the Sunni states in actual or potential combination against the Shiite states, which is Iran, that was developing a capacity to threaten them,” he said. “I think that this was a brilliant concept. We were just at the beginning of it.”

Kissinger, 97, was joined by former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, former national security advisers Robert O’Brien and Matt Pottinger, and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis.

Last year, the Trump administration brokered the Abraham Accords between Israel and Muslim-majority countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Trump also sanctioned Iran in a “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at halting the Iranian nuclear program.

And the Trump administration was on the verge of securing a peace agreement between Israel and Indonesia in its final weeks in office, according to a former senior Trump administration official, Caroline Glick reported in a column Friday

Calling the Biden administration “the most ideologically rigid and radical administration in U.S. history,” the Israel-based foreign affairs specialist said the Indonesia deal would “pay a huge dividend to the US in its burgeoning cold war with China.”

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