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Israeli PM, UAE Crown Prince nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The nomination was submitted by Lord David Trimble [Getty]

Date of publication: 24 November, 2020

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by laureate Lord David Trimble, Netanyahu's office said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Israeli media reported on Tuesday, citing a statement by Netanyahu's office. 

The nomination was submitted by Lord David Trimble, a former First Minister of Northern Ireland and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, receiving the prize in 1998 for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland.

"Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lord David Trimble today nominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the Nobel Peace Prize, together with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed [Al Nahyan], Abu Dhabi’s crown prince," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

Under the rules of the Nobel Prize Committee, a nomination made by a recipient must be discussed, the statement added.

"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," it said.

The nomination comes after Israel and the UAE agreed to normalise relations earlier this year, in a move that shocked the Arab world.

The winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize - selected by a five-member committee appointed by the Norwegian parliament - will not be announced until October of next year.

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