Jewish Groups Praise Trump Call For Muslim Nations To Confront Islamist Extremism

Angie Massey
May 23, 2017

During a speech in Riyadh on Sunday in which he urged Arab and Islamic leaders to do their share to defeat Islamist militants, Trump referred to "Islamic extremism", although advance excerpts had him saying "Islamist extremism".

When President Donald Trump closed a almost $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, his deputies' spirits soared.

"Iran - fresh from real elections - attacked by (Trump) in that bastion of democracy and moderation". "Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) of $480 billion?"

Separately, a senior Iranian military official rejected a call by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for newly re- elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to end Tehran's ballistic missile program and what he called its "network of terrorism".

But later in his speech, Trump turned to harsh criticism of Iran.

"There is still much work to be done", Trump said. "That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds", he said in his speech.

United States President Donald Trump said India was a victim of terrorism and asked countries to ensure that terror groups don't find sanctuaries on their soil. "A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out", Trump said.

By fully backing Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional rival, at the head of what is virtually a Sunni alliance against a Teheran-led Shia bloc, the US President appears to have heightened the internecine battle between the two Islamic sects playing out in the middle-east, rather than the professed aim of bringing peace to the region.

"I think that would be a bad abdication of our global leadership when it comes to advocating for people who are the subject of persecution, or imprisoned, or journalists that are thrown in jail, or people not allowed to practice their faith", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CNN.

Trump moderated his tone on Islam during a major speech on terrorism in Riyadh Sunday, and he seemed to avoid any major gaffes that would upend his trip.

During Sunday's speech, when Trump said the USA was "not here to tell other people how to live,"it was seen by some as a sign of weakness".

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The change in language indicates that Trump recognises that the fight is not against Islam as a religion, but against those who commit terrorism in the name of Islam.

During the 2016 USA campaign, Trump mused about his belief that "Islam hates us".

Over the weekend, Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who focussed on his desire to crack down on Iran's influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in the Republican president's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

Trump was welcomed warmly in Riyadh, where he and first lady Melania Trump were given an extravagant reception.

But Rohani said stability in the Middle East without Iran's help was impossible and accused the United States of "lacking knowledge" of the region.

But Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new $110 billion arms deal he announced during his previous stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials.

On Sunday he met Arab leaders including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Bahrain's King Hamad.

The meeting with Sisi-an avowed fan-was especially warm, and Trump said he would "absolutely" be putting Egypt on his list of countries to visit "very soon".

The first daughter accompanied the president on his inaugural mission overseas as president, the initial stop of which was Saudi Arabia, where he and his family were warmly received.

What it should be concerned about however is US's aggressive stance against Iran.

Other reports by GizPress

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