Trump's Speech To Knesset Was Scrapped Amid Concerns

Ruben Ruiz
May 28, 2017

On Sunday, President Donald Trump visited Riyadh and met with Saudi government officials.

If one would think that Trump was causing the world to shake when he said the fight against terrorism "is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations", then you must be new to Middle Eastern politics.

Other presidents have stayed away because the United States does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem's disputed Old City, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state.

One big problem is Trump's clearly pro-Israel policy stance. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be fully condemned.

"Everything we needed to clarify with our friends in the United States was done", Lieberman said in an Army Radio interview. "Dozens of young people, lovely young children, savagely murdered in this attack on humanity". "Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death".

As millions of civilians are suffering from political struggle for years in the Middle East, reconciliation efforts are more in need than confrontation than ever. The "pilgrim" initiated his journey, by signing at Riyadh a 110 billion dollar agreement for the sale of USA arms to Saudi Arabia. Israel is understandably skeptical, but Sunni Saudi Arabia is an important geopolitical counterweight to Shiite Iran.

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Many people in the Arab world still harbor complicated feelings toward the US president.

KEITH: Trump was sharing the stage with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reported back about his earlier meeting with the Palestinian leader, Abbas.

When asked about the affair in a radio interview, Avigdor Lieberman said Israel made a "specific correction" in its dealings with the U.S.

A longtime businessman, Mr Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal" and has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a course forward.

According to Firas Dibs, a spokesman for the the Islamic Waqf, which runs the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, nearly 1000 hardline Israeli nationalists entered the religious site - under heavy police guard - on Wednesday morning. The Arab states no longer regard Israel as an existential threat but agree with Israel that the radical Islamist regime in Iran does pose such a threat, even after the re-election of the so-called "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani.

Finally, Trump wrapped up his trip with a visit to the Vatican and a meeting with Pope Francis. Arab media have been overwhelmingly supportive of the president's speech and visit.

Other reports by GizPress

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