Charles Krauthammer: Saudis key to Middle East peace


He deserves excellent reviews for his first diplomatic trip on foreign soil. As CAMERA noted in The Times of Israel, Abbas rejected a peace initiative, presented in person, by then-U.S.

But as Air Force One lifted off, it became clear that wouldn't be the case.

Let's put aside the revelations of the past couple weeks related to Russia, James Comey, Michael Flynn, and terms like obstruction of justice, and instead focus on Trump and Israel.

Green said that he hopes Trump moves forward with the embassy relocation but described Trump's visit to Israel earlier this week as "a good trip" overall.

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who also serves as his adviser, was also in Israel this week as part of the Trump entourage.

The incessant nature of the Russian Federation storyline kept Trump far away from the probing questions of reporters traveling with him on the foreign trip, with the president declining to hold a news conference, a highly unusual move for a president traveling overseas. The renewed conflict has paved the way for the Trump administration to determining a new policy in the region.

The US president joining an Arabian sword dance was one.

Trump returned the United States to a largely familiar role in the Middle East. He did not seek to cast the rise of Islamism as a response to the West, or explain how "tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims" as Obama opined in his opening.

"The time has come to prove to the Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire world that an important segment of the Israeli population is opposed to occupation and wants a two-state solution", he added.

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"With US support, the Saudis want to establish a new military alliance in the region, which some media call the 'Arab NATO.' Its members will be more sensitive toward Trump's anti-Iran statements than the more cautious European NATO members".

Those calls had mixed results.

"Rooting out terrorism will not be achieved through direct confrontation only", Salman said, "but also through achieving sustainable development....a notion embodied in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 in all its aspects, citing the keenness to invest in the youths, empowering women, diversifying the economy and developing the education".

And in Brussels, NATO leaders chafed at Trump's lecture, which did not acknowledge member states' recent increases in military spending nor did it include a reaffirmed USA commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pledge, in light of Trump's disparaging comments about the alliance during his campaign. It will be vital to cooperate with mainly Sunni countries, including Saudi Arabia, to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni extremist organization. Iran and Saudi Arabia, which has a centralized Shiite version of Islam and the strict religious jurisprudence of Salafi-Wahhabi thought for its policies, respectively, have entered into a competition over the region through applying sectarian policies from which the people of the region suffer. "Certainly, one of the reasons the concept of an "outside-in" approach has fallen out of favor with this White House is that Arab leaders have communicated their reticence to bring their covert relationships with Israel to light without advancement on the Palestinian front".

President Trump delivered a speech to leaders of Muslim nations the next day.

That's a suitable standard by which to judge the words of Saudi leaders.

Of course, the degree to which his bombast should be taken seriously is always uncertain and his declared policies change by the day. "This is why I, as head of the Muslim World League and a proud Saudi citizen, salute Trump for this courageous and meaningful stance".

In true realist form, Trump's speech was created to speak directly to the leaders of these countries.

Why underground? Because Israeli children need to be protected from the second photo.