Temperate note: Trump's speech in Riyadh nails terrorism, but fumbles on Iran
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 19:10
"Militarily, strategically, ideologically and geopolitically, some of the core pillars of Iran's political establishment - for nearly four decades since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979 - have been anti-Americanism, damaging USA national interests, inciting hatred toward the U.S., chanting "Death to America" and 'The Great Satan, ' and scuttling the foreign policy objectives of the United States and its allies", Rafizadeh told Arab News.
At the end of the Arab-Islamic summit on Sunday night, Salman and Trump inaugurated the Global Center to Fight the Extremist Ideology, and signed a memorandum with the GCC leaders to create another center to fight the financing of terrorism.
Yet Trump may still need to engage in some delicate diplomacy following revelations that he disclosed highly classified intelligence Israel obtained about the Islamic State with top Russian officials, without Israel's permission. Officially, the USA does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.
Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations.
However, Mr Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new 110 billion USA dollar (£85 billion) arms deal he announced during his stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about the revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials.
The president then meets with Palestinian leaders, but officials said he will offer no specific peace plan.
The UAE's ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, said that the donation reflects "our commitment to empowering women in our region and builds on the progress we have made in our country, where women play a role in every segment of society".
Trump barely referenced Jews or Israel in his speech directed to the Arab world, but he called for tolerance and respect for all peoples.
Mr Netanyahu and his wife Sara, as well as President Reuven Rivlin and members of the Israeli cabinet, were at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport to greet Mr Trump and first lady Melania in a red carpet ceremony after what is believed to have been the first direct flight from Riyadh to Israel. Even the White House press corps making the trip on a separate plane from Riyadh to Tel Aviv had to make a technical stop in Cyprus before proceeding to Israel.
Iran and its proxies have effectively found themselves on the side of the United States in fighting militants in Iraq while, in Syria, they have been adversaries in their support for the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Mr Trump's campaign rhetoric and policy promises are blamed for an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the US.
King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, welcoming the participants of the summit, noted that their participation is very important for enhancing the prestige of this summit, which contributes to strengthening the counteraction to extremism and terrorism, promoting tolerance, as well as strengthening security, stability and cooperation.
A senior official who was part of the Palestinian delegation said Trump is planning to try to relaunch peace talks, with a goal of reaching an agreement within a year.