Trump Learns that Arabs Want a Palestinian Peace Deal
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 19:10
But Trump, on his second stop of a three-country tour highlighting the world's three largest monotheistic religions, is continuing to ramp up expectations, expressing optimism that a peace deal can finally be brokered to end the almost 70-year-old conflict and even suggesting a resolution may not be so hard to obtain after all. He assumed that enhanced US-Israel relations would undermine US-Arab relations - even though US-Israel geo-strategic cooperation and US-Arab security cooperation have both surged dramatically in recent years, while Israel has also engaged in unprecedented counter-terrorism efforts in concert with Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Jordan and Egypt.
Therefore, when the machetes of Iran's ayatollahs and other Islamic terrorists are at their throats, the pro-US Arab regimes recognize that Israel is the only reliable "life insurance agent" in the Middle East, regardless of the Palestinian issue.
Trump broke the airspace barrier Monday when his large entourage arrived in Israel, the second stop in the president's first foreign trip.
The White House said the visit was unofficial and private.
Just getting all the ministers to show up at the airport for the welcoming ceremony reportedly took cajoling by Netanyahu.
Abbas also projected his confidence in the latest attempt to reboot the peace process.
"It's a four-hour wait, work hours, phone calls, mail, meetings". "To drag us there to stand as the scenery - that's ugly".
The president's Saudi visit coincided with the reelection of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran, which was the target of much of Mr. Trump's rhetoric. There was one short sentence that mentioned the oppression of women and Christians and others.
The Western Wall sparked controversy ahead of Trump's arrival when US officials declined to allow Netanyahu join Trump visit to the site, asserting it is not located in Israeli territory.
Under pressure from his political right, Netanyahu has insisted he is applying similar pressure. But numerous obstacles that have kept Israel and the Gulf countries from strengthening ties publicly may end up hampering Trump's efforts this time around as well.
After the reported airport ultimatum Sunday, Netanyahu got the Cabinet to OK a raft of measures created to signal goodwill to the Palestinians.
He will need to cross Israel's West Bank separation wall, which will eventually extend some 700 kilometers to separate Israel and Palestinian territories. At a February 15 press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu the president said "I like the one [solution] both parties like". The vaguely formulated policy is to build new West Bank housing, whenever possible, in already built-up areas of settlements.
Other Internet users hijacked the photo, adding speech bubbles joking about the United States president's pride of having a selfie with Hazan.
Right-wing members of the governing coalition, led by Bennett, have gone along with Netanyahu. He has also made it clear that he thinks the media has ignored the accomplishments of his administration in its first four months in favor of portraying it unfavorably.
"So you have another story wrong", he told reporters.
According to Politico, Melania Trump has privately expressed dissatisfaction with the White House PR operation and "has raised concerns that some on [the president's] communications and press team aren't doing enough to defend him". US officials declined a request for Netanyahu to accompany Trump at the Western Wall. And we don't know yet if this trip is a respite from controversies at home or a true reset where he's able to start a new chapter when he gets back to Washington. "Never mentioned during that conversation", Trump said at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem when asked by journalists about the reports.
After his meeting with Abbas, Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and give a speech at the Israel Museum, bringing an end to his two-day stay in the country.