Netanyahu's pledge: Jerusalem 'will not be divided again'

Netanyahu's pledge: Jerusalem 'will not be divided again'

Trump, speaking in Saudi Arabia before leaders and other officials from 54 countries in predominantly Muslim parts of the world, stressed that driving out extremists is a "battle between good and evil". He blasted the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from the Saudis, referring to the Saudis as "people that push gays off buildings".

Trump's short time in Saudi Arabia left the central contradiction of his approach unexplored. "It wasn't the Iraqis, it was Saudi - take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents".

"Trump inherited a relatively stable Middle East - as opposed to the upheaval and developments during Obama's time", said Dr. Ronen Zeidel, an expert on the Middle East Affairs from the University of Haifa.

But Trump has not yet tried to undo the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, despite his campaign promises.

But to end these wars, there needs to be political compromise between main players like Iran and Saudi Arabia and Trump's belligerent rhetoric makes this nearly impossible to achieve. If the administration wants to use this trip to develop actual US policy, it will need to make hard choices and offer specific details.

Under a 2016 agreement, Washington already bankrolls its Israeli ally's military spending to the tune of $3.8 billion annually over 10 years, making the Jewish state the top recipient of USA assistance.

Trump also touted the $110 billion arms deal he inked with Saudi Arabia as enabling the kingdom to shoulder more of its security needs. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was so appreciative when our president became the first president ever to visit the Western Wall - one of the holiest site of Judaism.

One big problem is Trump's clearly pro-Israel policy stance. We want Israel to have peace.

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Trump's first foray on the worldwide stage saw him engage in a series of powerhouse diplomatic sessions in which he touched on the most pressing global issues: from terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the state of US alliances and the global economy. "We solve the Israeli-Palestinian peace dilemma, we start solving a lot of the peace throughout the Middle East region", he explained.

The administration has indicated that it's tabling Trump's previous vow to move the embassy while Mideast peace process negotiations are prioritized. In the coming months, additional copies will be presented to other heads of state and influential leaders as a critical reminder of the importance of maintaining and strengthening Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of Israel. None of the Arab parties are willing to participate in a process whose endpoint is anything but Palestinian statehood, and the fact that they are publicly cooperating with Trump on restarting negotiations is the clearest available sign that the sucker at this poker table is not the Palestinians but Israeli supporters of annexation. The future of the anti-Iran coalition was now officially tied to the Palestinian issue, despite Netanyahu's strenuous efforts to separate the two.

"The president of Egypt told Trump he has a unique personality".

But if Mr Trump's opponents in Washington were hoping that the president's first overseas trip would offer up fresh material with which to attack him, they have been disappointed.

Whereas he took no initiative to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, to the chagrin of Netanyahu and his cohorts, Trump backtracked on his promise to relocate the USA embassy to Jerusalem, and asked Netanyahu to slow down the building and expansion of settlements. So where is Trump going?

A second worrisome element is Trump's attempt to stir up antagonism against Iran, a major power in the region. Iran is also closely working with Russia in reversing the tide of the Syrian war in favor of the Syrian government and the Russians have shown that they are a new superpower in the Middle East to be reckoned with. It will only fan the flames of sectarianism and increase tension between Sunnis and Shiites across the region and spread instability.

Given this new level of leadership, I hope this Memorial Day serves as a day of remembrance to those who have served this great country and continue to serve, in both military and civilian uniforms, and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.