Trump seeks coalition to 'stamp out extremism'

Nick Mcbride
May 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump traveled in a high-security convoy to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday to discuss Middle East peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

A senior official who was part of the Palestinian delegation said Mr Trump is planning to try to relaunch peace talks, with a goal of reaching an agreement within a year.

Dichter pointed out that Trump visited Jewish and Christian holy sites in Israel, and said that, had Trump asked, he could have visited the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, but in Saudi Arabia, he was not allowed to visit Muslim holy sites, because only Muslims are allowed in Mecca and Medina.

"For decades, Iran has fuelled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror", Mr Trump said on his first speech on foreign soil since his election as president of the United States.

"We reassert our commitment to cooperate for making peace and seal a historic peace deal between us and Israelis, and we reassert our willingness to continue working with you as partners to combat terrorism in our region and the world", he added.

On Sunday, Trump, visiting Saudi Arabia at the start of his first foreign tour since taking office, singled out Iran as a key sponsor of militant groups, a day after Rouhani won a second term as Iran's president.

President Donald Trump addresses a gathering of Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

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"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations", said the president, who has sought to ban travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

The Left focused on the possibility of renewed peace talks with the Palestinians in light of Trump's push. "I've never seen anything come together so quickly", he said, according to the source.

"We thought it was a fantastic idea", Kim said.

At the final major event of his visit - a conference on social media and countering terrorism - the president's schedule got squeezed and he had to leave the speaking to his daughter Ivanka.

However, obstacles have emerged that may complicate the relationship between the White House and Israel.

"We did not know terrorism and extremism until the Khomeini revolution reared its head", he said.

While both Netanyahu and Abbas have made positive noises about their readiness to negotiate, both also face domestic constraints on their freedom to manoeuvre and strike a deal. We believe you're willing. It should try on the other hand to act as a bridge between Saudi Arabia and Iran undeterred by discouragements. "It is between us and occupation", Abbas said.

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