Trump bumbles across the Middle East
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 7:04
Interestingly, there is now renewed hope in this regional peace process exemplified by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remarkably stating, "For the first time in my lifetime, I see real hope for change".
An official statement by the PA's foreign ministry described Netanyahu as "racist denying the occupation's existence".
Ever since Donald Trump delivered a speech in Saudi Arabia declaring Arab leaders as US allies in fighting terrorism, speculations have been flying around on whether the president has changed his stance on Islam.
However, despite the appearance of seemingly closed ranks between Cairo, Amman and Ramallah, the Egyptian and Jordanian leaders did meet in secret with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previous year in Aqaba, as part of US-led effort to jump start a regional peace process. "No one is talking about it with us, or with anyone".
The re-emerging partnership with our strong Arab allies will greatly advance the war on terrorism, rebuild mutual cultural respect, strengthen business ties, create jobs, isolate radical extremists, and present an opportunity for a re-engaged Palestinian-Israeli peace process. This tension will remain until a peaceful solution is ultimately found between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
"The president of Egypt told Trump he has a unique personality".
But money is at the heart of the new partnership between Washington and the Middle East's most influential nation.
"Everything we needed to clarify with our friends in the United States was done", Lieberman said in an Army Radio interview.
Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) said President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush "committed" to moving the embassy but did not follow through with the 1995 law requiring the relocation.
On his part, Trump stressed the need to forge a historic peace deal, without mentioning any reference to the two-state solution or to an independent Palestinian state.
Days earlier, the new United States ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, became the first USA diplomat to attend a Jerusalem Day event with Israeli officials.
"President Trump was given an official welcome ceremony in Saudi Arabia this weekend where he was greeted with an honorary collar". No injuries were reported and a Palestinian man was held for questioning, a police spokesperson said. "They are losers. We will have more of them, but they are losers, just remember that".
In Bethlehem, Trump said he was "truly hopeful" for an end to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and added that goodwill from his visit would turn into peace talks.
"You, First Wife, First Family, First Lady Melania Trump, your family and your delegation, you've shown a great commitment to Israel's future and to its security", the Israeli leader said. "I do think we should be careful sharing any intelligence that another agent gives us, so it does give you a concern".