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Gibraltar put out a call for help, and then a thank-you when a historic graveyard gate dating back to the 1800s went missing from a city cemetery?

So, who stole or “borrowed” the cemetery gate?

Turns out it wasn’t a prank, it was a city resident looking to, ahem, spruce up their Halloween yard display with something, shall we say, authentic.

Police said the historic gate was recovered after a tip from a resident came in when the police asked for help on social media.

Gibraltar’s police chief Matthew Lawyer told the News-Herald that officers went to an address on Rose Street near Bayview and spotted the portion of missing gate.

“It was located in a resident’s front lawn with their Halloween decorations,” the police chief said.

So far, no tickets, arrests or charges have been made. “We haven’t made contact with the resident yet. Officers knocked on the door, but there was no answer.”

The missing gate drew 245 reactions in small town Gibraltar from residents who were delighted at its return.

Sandra Kurtyka wrote on Facebook, “Glad you got it back. Knew they had to take it for decoration. Surprised it was someone from the city tho. Not too bright.”

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Restoration work continues on Medina’s historic McDowell-Phillips House

MEDINA, Ohio — Ever since the Medina County Historical Society finalized the purchase of the McDowell-Phillips House in December 2019, the historic homestead has been a hotbed of repairs and restoration.

The iconic 14-room Queen Anne house, built in 1890, is located at 205 S. Prospect St. in Medina. It is easily recognizable for its turret and deep front porch at the spot where West Washington Street dead-ends into Prospect.

During the past eight months, despite the disruption of COVID-19, the historical society has financed and arranged for extensive exterior work. So far, damaged shingles have been replaced and the house has been painted.

The original slate roof was repaired after minimal damage sustained in Medina’s tornado in April. The two porch roofs were replaced with shingles donated by Owen-Corning. New gutters and downspouts were installed to address water issues, such as rotten window sills and dampness in the basement.

Velvet covered Victorian era chair

Recent donations of chairs by Patty and Jim Chapman and by Jean and Ted Gulyas will provide seating for guests at future events in the historic McDowell-Phillips House in Medina. (Mary Jane Brewer, special to cleveland.com)

In the past month, 170 feet of uneven and broken sandstone sidewalk across the front of the property was replaced with concrete to remove tripping hazards. Some sandstone pieces were moved to other walks where they could be safely installed; others were stored elsewhere on the property to use in future projects.

With an Adopt a Tree program and with the help of Beth Schnabel of the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District and a group of volunteers, 30 blue juniper trees were planted along the borders of the 1-acre property. A row of redbud trees will be planted in the spring.

Schnabel also returned to help transplant peonies to a new flowerbed alongside the restored barn.

As the new trees were being planted, three old, dead or dying 150-year-old trees had to be removed. One mulberry, one maple and one ash tree were taken down and cut into firewood lengths.

While the exterior work was progressing, Paul Wood performed his magic in the upstairs turret bedroom. With 13 angles and planes, the room was a wallpaper hanger’s nightmare, but volunteer Wood made it look beautiful.

Medina Hospital memorabilia

The McDowell-Phillips House historical collection will include these framed photos of a hot air balloon rising from the foundation of the future Medina Hospital in the late 1980s and of the original hospital, which originally was a residential home. (Mary Jane Brewer, special to cleveland.com)

The home’s original set of bedroom furniture has been placed in the room, along with dressers from the same period recently donated by the Waite family.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, air conditioning is being installed in the house, primarily to maintain proper humidity levels to preserve the furnishings and artifacts. While those workmen are installing discreet air conditioning ducts in the ceilings, a new security system is also being installed.

Although the Phillips family left most of the original furniture in

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1870 Victorian in Chagrin Falls historic district asks $1.795M: House of the Week

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — 64 W. Washington St. is one of the oldest homes in Chagrin Falls. Built in 1870 by Joseph O’Malley, a prominent builder at the time who constructed many of the homes in the village’s historic district, the home belonged to John and Lucy Bullard, whose family manufactured wooden rolling pins and butter molds.

In 1917, Lucy bequeathed the home to the Congregational Church, which used it to house members of the clergy, according to the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation.

Today, the classic Victorian retains its 19th-century character, while offering updates that bring it up the standards of buyers in the 21st century.

“It’s a great blend of the historic and the new,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Heather Price. “This is an unparalleled setting in the heart of the historic district of Chagrin Falls Village with a large private back lawn that fronts the river with a view of the high falls.”

Entering the Bullard House and into the formal living room is indeed like stepping back in time. The room features high ceilings, extensive millwork, hardwood floors, a marble fireplace and an extravagant chandelier. Through an arched doorway is a salon, where a custom bar covered in wood and an ideal spot to enjoy a nightcap await.

The kitchen is magazine-worthy, with its large island, high-end appliances and premium finishes. The modern vibe continues into the family room, which features a large picture window, providing views of the wooded surroundings and river.

Those views can also be enjoyed upstairs in the master suite, which boasts a spacious sleeping area with an ornate accent wall and double-sided fireplace, office space, luxury bath with onyx tiling, and a dressing room. In all, the home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms (four full).

For wine connoisseurs, there’s a wine cellar with a tasting area and bar in the partially finished basement.

The property includes a charming two-story carriage house, featuring an open-concept living space with a galley kitchen, bedroom and full bath.

But it’s outdoor space that separates this house from its neighbors. A belvedere at the top of the main house provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. The backyard is peaceful and tranquil, featuring views of the falls, landscaping with a koi pond and waterfall feature, and a large stone patio with firepit.

New to the market, the home is available for $1,795,000.

64 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls: House of the Week

64. W. Washington St. in Chagrin Falls was built in 1870 and has 5 bedrooms and 4+2 bathrooms. The listing agent is Heather Price at Howard Hanna. (Photo by Greg Slawson)

64 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls: House of the Week

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Address: 64 W. Washington St.

City: Chagrin Falls

Price: $1,795,000

Size: 4,757 sq. ft. (Zillow estimate)

Lot: 0.63 acre

Year built: 1870

No. bedrooms: 5

No. bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half

School district: Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools

Real estate agent and contact info: Heather Price, Howard Hanna

e: [email protected]

p: 216-526-4402

64 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls: House of the Week
64 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls: House of the Week

64. W. Washington St. in Chagrin Falls was built in 1870 and has 5

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White House ordered to provide sign language interpreters for coronavirus briefings in ‘historic win’

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the White House must provide sign language interpreters during public coronavirus briefings starting Oct. 1. 

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., ordered the White House to include a qualified American Sign Language interpreter for any news conference related to coronavirus matters conducted by the president, vice president or White House press secretary held on White House grounds or any federal agency. 


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The ruling says the interpreter could be in the frame physically near the speaker, or off-site using the picture-in-picture feature. The White House is required to make the interpreter feeds accessible online and on television. 

The order stems from a lawsuit filed against the White House by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and five deaf plaintiffs. The group argued the lack of a sign language interpreter during briefings on the pandemic was a violation of the First Amendment as deaf and hard-of-hearing people are not getting proper access to crucial health information. 

The court issued an opinion earlier this month stating the plaintiffs were entitled to some relief. 

“Closed captioning and transcripts may constitute a reasonable accommodation under some circumstances, but not here,” U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg wrote in a preliminary ruling on Sept. 9. 

NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum applauded the judge’s decision Wednesday. 

“Sign language and accurate captioning are both essential and crucial to ensuring all deaf and hard of hearing people are well informed and are able to make better decisions on how to stay safe from the pandemic,” he said. “The judge’s order sets a great precedent to achieve this goal of full accessibility.”

The Trump administration kicked off daily coronavirus press briefings that included the coronavirus task force as the epidemic in the country began to escalate. The administration has since pulled back on daily briefings and has instead opted for occasional news conferences that largely only include President Trump.


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House delays historic vote to decriminalize marijuana until after November election

Sept. 21 (UPI) — A bill seeking to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, which was originally scheduled for a vote in Congress Monday, must now wait until after the November general election.

The House originally expected to pass the measure, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, this week but action on the measure was shelved in part due to a deadlock in Congress over the next round of COVID-19 economic stimulus.

The MORE Act would, for the first time, decriminalize marijuana by removing it from the federal government’s list of controlled substances that are illegal to possess.

The law would remove federal penalties on marijuana, expunge criminal records related to marijuana and create a 5% federal sales tax on the sale of marijuana to fund community programs that benefit persons previously convicted of drug offenses.

Both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama have elected not to enforce federal prohibitions on marijuana in states that have chosen to legalize it for recreational or medical use, such as California, Colorado and Washington.

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions broke with Trump on the issue, favoring the enforcement of federal laws against marijuana, but the president supported efforts to decriminalize the drug.

There are still federal barriers, however, that create obstacles for marijuana businesses, including provisions that make it difficult for them to secure bank loans.

Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug in the United States, which means it’s illegal to use, possess and sale. All illicit drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, are in Schedule I classification.

The legislation would fully deschedule marijuana — as opposed to rescheduling the substance in another classification, like prescription opioids — and tetrahydrocannabinols, except for tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp.

The MORE Act has been sponsored by 86 Democrats and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-Calif., told USA Today earlier this month he was sure the bill would pass, as it had “probably unanimous” Democratic support and “considerable Republican support.”

Nadler, however was unsure how the bill might fare in the Senate — as a measure introduced last year by Democratic vice presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris failed to receive traction in the Republican-controlled chamber.

House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement the House would take up a vote on the MORE Act “later this autumn,” citing higher priorities and a short window of time before Congress recesses again in October until after the presidential election.

In addition to a new COVID-19 stimulus deal, Congress also must avert a federal shutdown before government funding runs out on Sept. 30.

“The House is focused relentlessly on securing an agreement to stave off a damaging government shutdown and continuing to do its job addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hoyer said.

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said a vote on the decriminalization measure will take place before the end of the year.

“The leadership has now given an ironclad

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Cheney senior spurs historic win over Garden Plain

Recognizing the significance of what he had just achieved was a little difficult for Cheney senior Logan Bartlett.

First off, it was hard to keep track of everything he had just done to help Cheney secure a 44-7 victory over Garden Plain, which is the largest victory for the Cardinals over the Owls in the seven decades that the series spans. Cheney improved to 3-0 in a battle of undefeated teams.

There were the three touchdown catches on offense. Then there were the three interceptions on defense. And don’t forget the five extra points and 28-yard field goal he kicked.

“When you’re on a roll, you don’t really think much about it,” Bartlett said after it was all over. “When it’s over, then you look back and realize it was a lot of fun, but you’re not really thinking about it like that during the game.”

There will be a lot of fun to reflect back on for Bartlett after Friday’s performance.

Like the interception he grabbed in his own end zone when Cheney was trailing 7-3 that prevented Garden Plain from extending its lead. Two plays later, Harrison Voth connected with Marcus Peinter for a 70-yard touchdown to give Cheney a lead it never relinquished.

Then there were the pair of touchdown catches he caught in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Both times a Garden Plain defender was next to Bartlett, only to watch helplessly as the Cheney senior created separation at the final moment to haul in the pass.

“Basically what I try to do is be the first one to the ball,” said Bartlett, who finished with four catches for 96 yards. “And then I just get my two hands on it before they can.”

But perhaps Bartlett’s best catch of the night came in the fourth quarter when Voth heaved a prayer to the back of the end zone targeting Bartlett, who had a Garden Plain defender in front of him. The ball went through both of their hands, struck Bartlett in the face mask and bounced into his hands for his third touchdown of the game.

“Geez, Logan had an amazing game,” said Voth, who racked up 340 passing yards. “I have receivers who can catch all of my bad balls. When you have receivers like that, you can put the ball almost anywhere.”

Voth is short-changing himself there. According to Cheney coach Shelby Wehrman, Voth’s improvement from his sophomore to junior season at quarterback is the biggest reason why Cheney is averaging 45.3 points per game during its 3-0 start.

Cheney spreads the field with an array of talented receivers like Bartlett, a 6-foot-4 target in Luke Grace (seven catches, 78 yards, one touchdown), Peinter and Dayton Higgs, which opens up the running game for Quincy Thomas (150 rushing yards). Cheney’s offensive line is led by seniors Landen Ayres, Peyton Hays, Braden Black and Blake Molyneux.

“Harrison has gotten so much better reading the game,” Wehrman said. “You saw

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Century-old trees, historic graves in gothic revival churchyard :: WRAL.com

— Tucked away in the small North Carolina town of Tarboro is an ethereal place that can only be described as a ‘secret garden.’

Enclosed in a gothic-style churchyard, the ground and graves alike are cloaked in ivy. Century-old trees, crooked with age, create a green dome that, in some places, blocks the sky.

The Calvary Episcopal Churchyard serves as a cemetery, but it is also one of the state’s most beautiful arboretums, with trees and plants from across the globe.

Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro has North Carolina's version of a ‘secret garden,’ enclosed in a gothic-style churchyard, cloaked in ivy, with century-old trees from across the globe.

The design of the churchyard and its original plantings are the work of Joseph Blount Cheshire, who served as rector of the church from 1842 to 1889 – meaning some of these trees could be around 150 years old.

Older still is the parish itself, which dates back to before the Revolutionary War and the founding of America itself – harboring records and stories from when the early North Carolina colonists first settled Tarboro in their search for religious freedom outside of England.

In short, there are very few places in the state that date back as far as the Calvary Parish.

Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro has North Carolina's version of a ‘secret garden,’ enclosed in a gothic-style churchyard, cloaked in ivy, with century-old trees from across the globe.

North Carolina churches before the Revolutionary War

According to their written history, “The establishment of Calvary Parish dates to 1742.”

During the 1700s and early 1800s, many NC churches met in “brush arbors,” which were essentially shelters surrounded in thick foliage with a wooden frame and perhaps a few benches.

Calvary Parish, however, met in a small wooden building near modern-day Chapel Springs, about eight miles away from present-day Tarboro.

During that time, George II was the King of England, and North Carolina was still an English colony, presided over by a royal governor.

The rector of the parish was named Rev. James Moir. “He reported directly to the Bishop of London,” according to the written history.

Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro has North Carolina's version of a ‘secret garden,’ enclosed in a gothic-style churchyard, cloaked in ivy, with century-old trees from across the globe.

The small wooden church was built in 1747, but by 1760 it had burned down, causing the small congregation to move into Tarborough – as it was then spelled.

After the American Revolution, however, the church’s methods of worship, which required a reigning British monarch, were considered treasonous. As a result, the parish changed its name and asked to form into an Episcopal congregation and be accepted into the union with the Diocese of North Carolina. Because of this, the church considers the date of its founding to be 1833, although it actually goes back much farther.

Construction on the building that stands today began in 1858.

Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro has North Carolina's version of a ‘secret garden,’ enclosed in a gothic-style churchyard, cloaked in ivy, with century-old trees from across the globe.

Creating a ‘secret garden’ and global arboretum

With many graveyards and cemeteries being wide open, the enclosed churchyard, encircled by antique walls, make it feel like a walk through an old English churchyard, rather than one in small-town North Carolina.

The gothic-revival style of the church building, with grand stained glass windows and gothic archways, creates an ethereal contract with the ancient trees and creeping ivy.

Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro has North Carolina's version of a ‘secret garden,’ enclosed in a gothic-style churchyard, cloaked in ivy, with century-old trees from across the globe.

Many of the graves date back to the 1800s, with intricate carvings and designs. The headstones themselves are each

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Modern brownstone on site of historic church asks $725,000: House of the Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fifth Church of Christ Scientist, one of the most beautiful churches in the city, stood on the corner of W. 117th and Lake Ave. for nearly 90 years. When chosen to redevelop the site, Brickhaus Partners erected 11 brownstones that are decidedly modern, yet pay homage to the church with architectural details like a brick exterior, arched windows, French doors and balconies.

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One of those townhomes, completed in 2018 with 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in nearly 2,000-sq. ft. plus a rooftop deck, recently hit the market with an asking price of $725,000.

“This home offers the ideal luxury living experience,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Aaron Powers. ” The townhome’s exterior was designed to beautifully complement the history before it while providing maximum energy efficiency toward a sustainable future. The interior was meticulously curated to present a unique modern touch on the classic traditional style of the neighborhood.”

Indeed, the owners spent an additional $125,000 in upgrades, and premium finishes and surfaces. You can see them in the custom shelving and wainscoting in the ground-level den. Head upstairs to the open-concept, light-filled main living area, with its hardwood floors, fancy light fixtures, fireplace, built-ins and balcony. The kitchen has high-end quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash and a large island.

The glass-enclosed floating staircase leads to the master suite with en suite bathroom and walk-in closet, plus two additional bedrooms, another full bathroom and laundry room. Another staircase leads to the rooftop deck, which provides plenty of space for entertaining, not to mention stunning views of the neighborhood.

Located within walking distance of Lake Erie at Edgewater Park, shopping and restaurants, purchase of the home includes a tax abatement until 2035.

See the full listing

Address: 1221 W. 117th St.

City: Cleveland

Price: $725,000

HOA: $125 per month

Size: 1,956 square feet

Year built: 2018

No. bedrooms: 3

No. bathrooms: 3 full

Garage: 2-car attached

School district: Cleveland Municipal School District

Real estate agent and contact info: Aaron R. Powers, Howard Hanna

p: 440-523-9187

e: [email protected]

From the listing: “Your open main level also features a dining area large enough for your family to gather and a living area with plenty of space for movie night. Oversized windows with custom blinds let in lots of light while the custom fireplace keeps you warm and cozy.”

“This impressive townhome is located in the heart of Cleveland’s desirable Edgewater neighborhood and designed for the homeowner to focus their time and energy toward enjoying life with family, friends and everything this wonderful community has to offer,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Aaron Powers.

The two-car garage comes with a Nature Stone parking surface.

For more information on 1221 W. 117th St,. contact Aaron R. Powers, Howard Hanna at 440-523-9187 or [email protected]

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At Historic White House Event, UAE and Bahrain to Move Toward Normal Ties With Israel | World News

By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday will become the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo when they sign agreements toward normalizing relations with Israel in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran.

U.S. President Donald Trump will host the White House ceremony at noon EDT (1600 GMT), capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s decades-old dispute with the Palestinians.

At the U.S.-brokered ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sign agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.

The deals make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalize ties since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

The back-to-back agreements, which have drawn bitter condemnation from the Palestinians, mark an improbable diplomatic victory for Trump. He has spent his presidency forecasting deals on such intractable problems as North Korea’s nuclear program only to find actual achievements elusive.

Trump is up for re-election on Nov. 3 and the accords could help him shore up support among pro-Israel Christian evangelical voters, an important part of his political base.

Bringing Israel, the UAE and Bahrain together reflects their shared concern about Iran’s rising influence in the region and development of ballistic missiles. Iran has been critical of both deals.

“Instead of focusing on past conflicts, people are now focused on creating a vibrant future filled with endless possibilities,” White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in a statement late on Monday. Kushner helped negotiate the agreements and is trying to persuade more Gulf countries to strike similar accords with Israel.

One target of White House appeals is Oman, whose leader spoke with Trump last week.

Another is Saudi Arabia, the biggest Gulf Arab power. So far the Saudis, whose king is custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and rules the world’s largest oil exporter, have signaled they are not ready.

Although a diplomatic win for Netanyahu, the signing ceremony takes place while he faces criticism at home of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a corruption trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust that has led to frequent street protests.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and describes his trial as a leftist political witch-hunt aimed at unseating a popular right-wing leader.

Netanyahu signaled on Monday that Israel’s deals with the two Gulf Arab states may still be works in progress.

A senior Trump administration official said that the documents were complete or nearly finished, that Israel would sign separate agreements with each of the Gulf states and that then the United States would join all three in signing a common document known as the Abraham Accords. But the official declined to provide specifics.

In a nod to the coronavirus that has hit the United States and the world, the White

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Trump to host Israel, UAE for historic signing ceremony at White House next week

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP primary to take on Pappas MORE will host representatives from Israel and the United Arab Emirates next week at the White House for a historic ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, administration officials said on Wednesday. 

The ceremony will take place on Sept. 15, one month after the president announced the significant breakthrough in diplomatic relations between Israel and the Gulf nation, called the Abraham Accords. 

It also follows a number of important moves toward normalizing relations between countries in the region, including the first direct flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia granting permission for the aircraft to fly through its air space, a significant gesture signaling a public warming of relations between Riyadh and Jerusalem.

Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerUS brokers economic breakthrough for Serbia, Kosovo Karlie Kloss, a Kushner relative, to appear at Biden campaign event Melania Trump used private email account while in White House, ex-friend says MORE, who took the inaugural flight last week, said there’s a “tremendous sense of optimism in the Middle East.”

“I would say that it’s almost like we’ve unleashed an energy, positivity in the region that is really quite overwhelming,” he said in a briefing with reporters.

Kushner said Israel and the UAE will choose their own representatives to send to the signing ceremony and that the White House will invite both Democrats and Republicans to the event in a show of bipartisanship.

“We hope that Republicans, Democrats will come together to join us in this great celebration,” he said.

Kushner said officials are discussing a deal to sell F-35 stealth jet fighters to the UAE and that Trump is working with Israel to ensure its qualitative military edge (QME), a provision enshrined in U.S. law that is meant to ensure Jerusalem maintains military superiority in the face of any credible threats.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE has publicly opposed the sale of the F-35s despite condoning the sale in private, The New York Times reported last week, citing officials familiar with the negotiations. 

Kushner said the U.S. will work within the QME but that Abu Dhabi is a “great military partner” for America and is facing threats from Iran. 

“They’re right on the border with Iran and have real threats,” he said.

As part of the opening of relations between the UAE and Israel, Netanyahu agreed to “suspend” plans to annex territory in the West Bank that was identified in Trump’s proposed peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians unveiled in January, Prosperity to Peace.

Trump administration officials said at the time that Israel did not have to wait to annex territory identified in the plan but that it would put a freeze on land earmarked for a Palestinian state for

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