Israel and Arab neighbours 'have common cause over Iranian threat'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 19:22
To some viewers in the United States, where Muslims make up about 1 percent of the population, the pivot was surprising - particularly after days of hand-wringing over the news that Trump's adviser Stephen Miller, a longtime critic of Islam, would be drafting the speech.
"We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live. or how to worship".
Trump's comments came after he ticked down a list of major terrorist attacks in the USA and also noted that Europe has "also endured unspeakable horror".
During his speech at the first trilateral US-Arab-Islamic Summit, Donald Trump forgot to talk on the sacrifices rendered by the fearless soldiers of Pakistan Army despite being given status of frontline ally by US.
"That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds".
Greeted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet when he landed at Ben Gurion Airport, Trump continued to stay on-message with words of inclusiveness and tolerance in his arrival speech.
In a welcome speech for Mr Trump after he arrived in Tel Aviv from Saudi Arabia, Mr Netanyahu said Israel shared the United States' commitment to peace.
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. He further accused Tehran of stoking the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.
"Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate, deny it", Trump said.
"It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room", he added.
Last year, however, Donald Trump bashed the Clinton Foundation for accepting money from countries with human rights issues, implying the move was in direct contrast to the help the foundation was established to provide.
Trump, however, often repeated the more controversial "radical Islamic terrorism" on the campaign trail in a deliberate and implicit criticism of Obama, implying that his preferred phrasing betrayed naivete or, worse, political correctness at the expense of realism about how to defeat the terrorist threat. Two previous USA presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, had flown directly from Syria to Israel, but no sitting US president has made the trip from Saudi Arabia directly before. He once mused that he thought "Islam hates us".
Mr Netanyahu praised Mr Trump's position. He's been besieged by a series of revelations about the ongoing federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe.