Trump's first foreign visit starts in Saudi Arabia, then Israel

"Terrorists do not worship God".

Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what ideas Trump might present for peace or what concessions he may demand. The demonstrations are meant to draw attention to a month-long hunger strike by hundreds of prisoners being held by Israel and to protest what many Palestinians say is unfair USA support for Israel. "We want our children to grow up without fear". After the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush praised the United States' Muslim community during a visit to a mosque in Washington, D.C., but also detained American Muslims without cause and initiated a war in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of half a million Iraqis.

Mr Trump has presented the shift as a reinvestment in historical alliances with friendly nations in order to fight extremism and terrorism.

The moment was abrupt interruption of an otherwise warm and smooth welcome for Trump to the Holy Land.

It enables him to reassure both the Gulf Arabs and Israel at one and the same time. "The efforts will be an effective partnership between the Islamic world and the West in general to combat terrorism". The President of the United States played the "Trump" card.

This echoes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's speech to the staff of the State Department earlier this month, during which he said the United States would not require countries to adopt American values before being willing to work with them.

However, "that remains to be seen, because we haven't had any kind of detail sketched out about what the Trump administration thinks an Israeli-Palestinian deal would look like", Liasson said. What do words mean, anyway, if Trump can make nice with the Saudi government that a little more than a year ago he was blaming for the 9/11 attacks? Although democracy might be within the grasp of some countries, and indeed beneficial to them, it can not be forced from the outside.

US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting with Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on Sunday

He said Iran is the fuel that brings the radical groups "safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment" in its quest to destroy Israel and America and bring ruin to other countries in the region.

Either way, we hope that that the hardliners in this country who so thrilled to Trump's Muslim baiting tuned in and give serious consideration to the president's address on Islam.

In Trump's prepared remarks, he was set to describe religious extremism in the Muslim world as Islamist terrorism; however, the word "Islamist" refers to political movements within the Muslim world, whereas "Islamic" refers to the entire religion. He drew comparisons between women's rights in the Muslim world and America and compared the persecution of Jews over the millennia to the plight of the Palestinians today. "This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations", Trump said, rightly focusing on rooting out the "barbaric criminals" who pervert teachings to justify their unjustifiable pursuits. That message must be repeated and reinforced.

A longtime businessman, Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal" and has tasked son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a course forward.

While in Saudi Arabia, Trump delivered a speech calling for nations to drive out the militant group.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad, for example, is alleged to have released from prison numerous radicals who formed the leadership of the Islamic State in Syria in 2011.

  • Zachary Reyes