Donald Trump Meets King Salman of Saudi Arabia
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 15:10
Trump also expressed an even loftier hope than an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement: "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an awesome accomplishment". He said both sides are ready to resume talks. Trump's peace negotiator Jason Greenblatt, who has gotten good initial marks from Israelis and Palestinians, would need clear guidance about where and how to push on those core issues to succeed. Trump and his team carried off a complex balancing act with reassuring messages for Israelis, Palestinians, and the GOP foreign-policy establishment: "Relax, we got this".
Donald Trump's trip to Israel passed by in a flash - after all, the president only stopped in the Jewish state for two days. Trump's approach has largely been welcomed in the region.
'It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, ' he said, and called for its global isolation.
Trump decried Iran's growing influence in Syria and Iraq during Monday's public remarks in Jerusalem, according to Reuters.
Trump also laid a wreath and spoke at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Mr Abbas had sought to convince the unpredictable US President to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state.
On Tuesday morning, Trump met with Abbas in Bethlehem, travelling across the barrier surrounding much of the biblical city.
Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations. Paul Gosar of Prescott and Andy Biggs of Gilbert - believe such a move would be the right thing to do, others say it would set back the already hard peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, both of whom lay claim to Jerusalem.
Monday's attack outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena killed at least 22 people, including children, and was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb, Manchester Police said. This Arab-Israeli-American alliance also comes at a time when large parts of the Arab world have collapsed and the hope for achieving a Palestinian state has been lost. The other is whether and how it is possible to establish a Palestinian state while ensuring the safety of Israel.
Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Iran's willingness to meddle in the Middle East also requires Trump to consider this: "How do you escape a dynamic whereby Iran keeps doing cheap, asymmetrical things that force you to do expensive things?"
He has since said the move is still being looked at.
And in words that resonated well in Israel - which chronically accuses the West Bank Authority for inciting violence and compensating families of those involved in terror attacks - Trump made perhaps his sharpest point of the trip.
From Saudi Arabia to Israel, it appears as a brash and comedic contradiction that the xenophobic president finds such amiability in the nation housing Islam's most holy sites.
Hardly anyone, except the Israelis of course, sees the Arab or the Palestinian terms for the envisaged settlement unreasonable, let alone excessive. The move has never occurred, the letter stated, because each US president since the legislation was adopted has exercised a provision of the law allowing him to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv if "necessary to protect the security interests of the United States".
Israel occupied the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, in the Six-Day War of 1967.
"The Islamic Republic believes that arms depots will never buy security. the security of countries hinges on the broader participation of the people in politics and shaping political structures", he added.
He speaks of defending the Jewish people and the Jewish State, equating them within a singular destiny.
From Israel, Mr Trump departed for Italy for an audience with Pope Francis.