Charles Krauthammer: Middle East Peace Starts In Saudi Arabia

President Trump wraps Mideast trip after Bethlehem, Jerusalem meetingsU.S. President Donald Trump wrapped up his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Tuesday after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and delivering a keynote address in Jerusalem.

Speaking at a Press conference alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Trump said: "I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families - so many families - of the victims".

The new American plan that Trump seeks to materialize does not consider the Palestinian rights, rather it is an Israeli-designed project working against the Palestinians' rights.

While Trump has spoken frequently in the months since taking office of his desire to achieve what he has dubbed the "ultimate deal", he has not fleshed out any strategy that he or his administration might have towards achieving it.

"I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it can begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East and that will be an wonderful accomplishment".

Under a 2016 agreement, Washington already bankrolls its Israeli ally's military spending to the tune of $3.8 billion annually over 10 years, making the Jewish state the top recipient of us assistance. In fact, Netanyahu continued, "For the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for peace". The kingdom's demand for a sovereign Palestinian state based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israel war will remain unfulfilled. Monday, President Trump signed a $110 bln weapons sale to Saudi Arabia that made them very happy.

Trump later visited the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and spoke at the Israel Museum, where he focused on terrorism. Breaking with American presidential administrations' longstanding support for two states, Trump said at the time, "I'm looking at two state and one state, and I like the one that both parties like".

Green also said "what is called the West Bank needs to be a part of Israel simply because of defense purposes".

"As you have witnessed during your historic visit of holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, and today in Bethlehem, the conflict is not between religions, for respecting religions and prophets is an integral part of our religion and faith". And seasoned diplomats with years of experience wrestling with the peace process are skeptical that a band of novices will be able to untie that Gordian knot anytime soon.

President Trump did not bow to him as has been done in the past.

The Israel Allies Foundation also launched a petition, in conjunction with the event, calling on Trump to fulfill his campaign promise and move the embassy, which has garnered close to 1,000 signatures. It also urges a "just settlement" of the Palestinian refugee problem.

"Israel's homework is to look and see the coinciding interests with Sunnis that were not there for many years", he added.

  • Carolyn Briggs