Evangelicals Give Hosannas to Trump Mideast Trip

KEITH: Responding to terrorism and trying to prevent it has been a theme for Trump's whole trip so far.

If Americans stop Saudi Arabia from sending money, weapons and armed militants to other countries, said Larijani, no terrorist attacks similar to the ones on New York's Twin Towers will happen again, and no more innocent people in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon will be killed or wounded.

The Prime Minister's Office said in response: "We deny the report".

US President Donald Trump condemned the suicide bomber responsible for the Manchester arena atrocity as an "evil loser". "Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death". Never forget that 15 of the September 11 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. "For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror". "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".

Trump was also confident he could pressure Saudi Arabia because of its growing economic weakness in the global oil markets, Waters observed. The addition comes on the heels of a weekend announcement of a massive US-Saudi arms deal. It is considered that Saudi Arabia and Israel may establish relations in the near future with the aim of moving together against Iran.

But some of the trust that fuels such meetings was undermined by a leak of British intelligence in the Manchester attack blamed on a US official, annoying British officials.

Trump made headlines as the first sitting USA president to visit the famous Western Wall, part of the Temple Mount and one of Judaism's holiest sites.

Trump visited Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday and Tuesday, and in a closing speech talked extensively about his commitment to Israel's security.

The trip also managed to produce plenty of awkward moments involving Trump and his administration - there were some unfortunate typos, a failed attempt at holding the first lady's hand (which went viral) and two geographic flubs.

In what has been interpreted as a swipe at PA incitement, Trump insisted, "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".

Gray quotes Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, whom she claims has privately characterized Bannon as the most pro-Israel member of the Administration.

Still, Trump's effort is not based entirely on the delusions that led Obama to believe pressure on Israel would convince the Palestinians to meet him halfway.

Although Trump was the not the first president to visit the Western Wall, he was the first sitting president to do so. But the two share support for the sanctity of human life and concern over religious persecution - whether it be from Islamic jihadists or from coercive legislation that forces nuns to fund abortion. "But with determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal". But two things should be abundantly clear. Trump was given a special copy to take back to the White House.

  • Larry Hoffman