Krauthammer: Middle East peace a perennial pursuit


Securing a deal to sell more arms to a region already awash in arms is not a new turn for diplomacy. From this perspective, Trump's visit and agreements reached during the trip sent an important signal expected in Riyadh and a message to the power circles of Saudi Arabia and its neighbours regarding the maintenance of the strategic partnership course in the U.S.

Trump even suggested that the Saudi monarch agreed with him: "King Salman feels very strongly and, I can tell you, would love to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians", he said.

The Palestinians have demanded a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank as part of any future peace agreement. But once he listened to the Israelis and Palestinians, he stated that "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all".

"The idea that we can give up territory and achieve peace is not right", Netanyahu told Army Radio. During Netanyahu's visit to Washington, DC, in February, Trump publicly urged him to "restrain" settlement construction in the West Bank.

Trump, who was on his maiden overseas trip, also discussed the possibility of a deal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump advisers repeatedly described the trip as historic and groundbreaking, including one senior official who brashly said without evidence that Trump had "united the entire Muslim world". It is generally considered that the choice of a Muslim state and the Middle East region - and Riyadh in the region - for the first foreign tour is unprecedented and is worth special attention.

While the other six leaders that attended the G7 summit held press conferences Saturday at the conclusion of the event, Trump took off for a USA naval base, where he thanked his wife, Melania, for joining him, and touted his "truly historic week". At the G-7, it was Trump's interactions with other leaders that commanded attention. Trump could have also leaned on Abbas to stop public incitements and acrimonious public narratives, and end financial aid to the families of terrorists.

Instead, he got in a golf cart and the American president's mini-motorcade drove the route alone, Trump once more having charted his own course.

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In light of the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation in Palestine, thousands of Israelis in Tev Aviv rallied last Saturday, to show their support against the Zionist regime and occupancy. But in April and May he quietly signed crucial waivers of certain sanctions that allow the deal to remain in place and let Iran conduct global business and gain access to funds long frozen by the United States. To do so, they must recognize that the heart of the leviathan beats in Tehran. "They sit in their chair and refuse to answer the question".

The geographical locations of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina does not make Saudi Arabia Islam's Vatican.

Rouhani also said Iran-Russia cooperation would help promote regional peace and stability and contribute to the fight against terrorism, particularly in Syria.

Trump ignores the basic fact that regardless of Iran's mischiefs and transgressions, it is here to stay.

"Fifty years ago we turned from a democratic state for the Jewish people into a violent state that forcefully rules another people", said Avi Buskila.

Abbas underlined that the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis was not based on religion.