Loesch: Pres. Trump 'Said Islamic Extremism to Saudi Arabia's Face'

Ivan Schwartz
May 26, 2017

Trump's strategic re-positioning in the region has two parts.

Mr Trump also thanked Israel's leaders for being committed to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Netanyahu had ferociously opposed the Iran deal, claiming it posed an existential threat to Israel.

The White House struggled to answer the question. "If you open the documents, I think you're going to see that it was Saudi Arabia, it wasn't Iraq". Sadly, we know they won't (unless doing so will somehow benefit them and hurt Iran). The agreement also included more coordination between Arab nations and the United States, as well as patrol boats.

"We agree that the fight against Islamist extremism is a battle between the forces of good and decency, on the one hand, and evil and a death cult, on the other, and that victory depends, above all, on what Arab and Muslim nations do to counter and defeat this violent, deadly scourge", Harris said, adding Trump "could not have been clearer in his description of Hezbollah and Hamas as the terrorist groups they most assuredly are". That is completely wrong.

His second stop on his nine-day tour aims to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations.

Meir Javedanfar is an Iranian-born Israeli who teaches contemporary Iranian politics at a private research university in Israel, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

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Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir also said, "If we can change the conversation in the Islamic world from enmity towards the U.S.to partnership with the USA, and if we can change the conversation in the USA and in the West from enmity towards the Islamic world to one of partnership, we will have changed our world and we will have truly drowned the voices of extremism and we will have drained the swamps. from which extremism and terrorism emanates". This is a country where dissident blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam". One of the leaked emails from Hillary Clinton was her saying that 'my goodness, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding ISIS in Syria-we need to do something to get them to quit funding these radical groups.

Israeli Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tel Aviv would demand explanations from Trump over a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia when he arrives there today. Saudi Arabia has ballistic missiles.

Since his election, Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but has done nothing in practice to make that remotely plausible.

"Not one guy with a bad placard", Ross observed.

Indeed, Israeli leaders are already anxious that they might lose their edge in the region.

Foreign affairs analyst and political commentator Dan Lazare agreed that that Trump's speech and policy statements in Riyadh would prove very damaging for USA interests in the region.

Trump has not offered public indications that he has any such intentions. The president has wisely kept the Iran nuclear deal in place, but he has served notice on the Tehran regime that the United States will not look the other way if Iran covertly moves toward becoming a nuclear power, and if it continues its sponsorship of terrorism. But there is always the risk Trump's strong anti-Iran position could actually exacerbate sectarianism.

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