United States President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in the wake of his efforts in facilitating an agreement between Israel and UAE.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian parliament and head of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, submitted the nomination.
The nomination for Donald Trump in order to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for the Singapore summit was submitted by Tybring-Gjedde, which hosted Kim Jong Un. For his merit, I feel he has done more trying to make peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” says Tybring-Gjedde.
“It is due to his contribution in respect of peace deal between Israel and UAE,” Tybring-Gjedde, a member of parliament for the right-wing Progress Party, told Reuters. “It is a unique deal.”
Despite the Israel-UAE deal, the nomination letter to the Nobel Committee cited Trump’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties… such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea .”
The parliamentarian told that he’s nevertheless “not a big Trump supporter.”
“The committee must see the facts and judge him on the facts, not on the way he behaves sometimes,” he continued. “The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump”.
“For example, previous US President Barack Obama did nothing,” he told, reflecting on previous US president’s Nobel Peace Prize win in 2009 for, as per Nobel Committee, his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Last year, Donald Trump reiterated that he deserved to be awarded the Peace Prize for his work on North Korea and Syria, but he complained he probably would never get the credit.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of six Nobel prize categories, alongside physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and economics. The winner is decided by a panel of 5 members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is appointed by the parliament of Norway.
The prize is awarded on December 10 annually, and the successful nominee is announced on October 9. There are thousands of people who are eligible to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, including members of parliaments and governments, university professors, and past laureates.
The Norwegian Nobel Institute told The Jerusalem Post that there’s no way of confirming the nomination “due to the 50 years confidentiality clause which does not allow disclosure of neither the names of nominators nor of nominees can be divulged until 50 years have elapsed.”