Trump seeks to warm Israel-Arab relations

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

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

President Donald Trump is "putting a lot of pressure" on Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Trump is an entertainer, not a diplomat.

As an expert on U.S.

Most Israelis had to go to work. The overwhelming influence of finance capital, big oil and the military industrial complex is the guiding force in the Trump administration, and represents the danger of fascism and war that Georgi Dimitroff warned about in the 1930s.

"Trump sees himself brokering a grand bargain in the Mideast among Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel against Sunnite Islamist terror and Iranian-backed Shiite terror", Ohio Northern University Assistant Professor of History Robert Waters said. Your visit is a symbol of the unbreakable bond between Israel and America.

Likewise, no one thought Trump would be kind to Iran, not after his electoral campaign banter against Teheran and its nuclear program. Perhaps he will try to squeeze the agreement indirectly by increasing sanctions against Iran on the basis of other issues, such as terrorism or human rights violations. "Hence it's important to keep such bilateral ties open in the future".

Trump envisaged using set-piece symbolic gestures such as holding a White House meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and flying directly from Saudi Arabia to Jerusalem to prepare the way for such agreements, Waters said.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in an open session of the parliament on Tuesday, criticized the double standards adopted by the USA and Saudi Arabia vis-à-vis terrorism. They aren't fighting each other directly, but rather by arming and aiding allies in civil wars in nearby Syria and Yemen.

Larijani further underscored that Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have, ironically enough, claimed to be at the forefront of fighting terrorism, and added Riyadh has been involved in all terrorist activities since the day Afghanistan was occupied by the Soviet Union.

Trump's words and actions have shown a complete lack of consistency. This aroused mistrust of the United States from countries including Saudi Arabia. Trump would not permit Netanyahu or any other Israeli to be at the Kotel with him.

"Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognise the state of Palestine in the same way we recognise it, which undermines the realisation of the two-state solution", Abbas said.

"There is no regional peace process or anything like it", he said, adding "No one is talking about it with us, or with anyone".

Is it bluster or substance?

He should first make a honest review of his trip and announce a serious policy toward the Middle East. Either warmly embrace Saudi Arabia or comprehensively address the roots of extremism.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) called for all members of Congress to "understand that Jerusalem is the undivided, indivisible capital of the Jewish State of Israel".

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