Measured and diplomatic Trump enjoys his Middle East adventure


I'm encouraged that they pledged cooperation to confront terrorism and the hateful ideology that drives it so hard.

The paper said that US President Donald Trump's plan for Palestinian-Israeli peace assumes normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel as a prelude to peace.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is widely seen as the most right-wing administration in Israeli history and is pressing settlement expansion despite global concern. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, Egypt, Oman, and 45 other key Arab nations- are once again prepared to partner with the USA on our shared interests. Overall, the focus of Trump's trip to the Middle East seemed more about meeting anyone who does not like Iran and to criticise Iran, despite the re-election of moderate Rouhani once again. This time the first lady appears to reach to adjust her hair leaving the president empty-handed. He added that, while "America is prepared to stand with you - in pursuit of shared interests and common security.the nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them".

Greenberg and Hoenlein concluded: "This incident underscores the bad damage caused by serial UN resolutions, including UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (of December 2016), denying the more than three thousand years of the Jewish connection to Israel and the holiest sites in the Jewish religion, which the Trump Administration has said it will work to reverse".

KEITH: Trump and his aides believe that single, unified voice could be the key to peace in the Middle East and beyond.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) on Monday called on President Trump to fulfill his campaign promise in relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, days after introducing a slate of pro-Israel legislation.

While the president reiterated his desire to broker a peace deal, his visit produced no announcement on steps toward renewing negotiations.

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In Bethlehem, Trump nodded to Israeli complaints of payments by the Palestinian Authority to families of Palestinians jailed in Israel and those killed in attacks on Israelis.

However, on Saturday, he maintained America's "unbreakable bond" with Israel.

TRUMP: Making peace, however, will not be easy.

KEITH: And, he said, Netanyahu had assured him he wants peace, too.

But there was little public evidence of prodding by Trump or his aides of either side to make more substantial concessions. But there is a larger elephant in the room that Trump is unwilling to address.

We had a terrific discussion today, and when I say terrific, it encompasses everything.