Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lord David Trimble has nominated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Lord Trimble, who served as the First Minister of Northern Ireland, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 due to his commitments to peacefully solving the conflict in Northern Ireland.
Because Lord Trimble is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Netanyahu and bin Zayed’s nominations must be discussed and debated by the official Nobel Committee.
The landmark U.S.-brokered peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates marked the first time the Jewish state had entered into a peace agreement with an Arab nation in nearly three decades.
The decision sparked talk of normalization with Israel throughout the region, with Bahrain also establishing ties with Israel and signing peace accords in a trilateral ceremony that included the UAE and Israel, held at the White House this September.
The nomination by Lord Trimble marks the third occasion that an Israeli prime minister has been nominated for the prize due to peace-making efforts with the Jewish state’s neighbors.
The 1979 peace deal between Egypt and Israel – two previously warring nations – led to Nobel Peace prizes for then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
In 1994, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, respectively prime minister and foreign minister at the time, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, for their work on the Oslo Accords.