Trump tests waters for achieving Middle East peace


As Trump became the first sitting president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding United States policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, rather than Jerusalem. "We cannot resolve the problem of differences, but dealing with these differences in a meaningful way can make our lives more peaceful, like here in Jordan", he said, also pointing to the region's rich mosaic of ethnic and religious diversity.

Most of these words refer to the lavish welcome that Trump received from the Saudi leadership, or the fact that Saudi Arabia is the first country to be visited by the president during his maiden foreign trip. -Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific" while attempting to dismiss concerns that the incident violated a confidentiality agreement.

Mr. Trump may be trying to kill too many birds with one stone. "He changed the nature of the dialogue between the Muslim world and the United States".

Trump's list of tweets suggesting a tough line on Saudi Arabia in particular, the homeland of 15 of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 attacks, stretches back years.

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And while Trump's first National Security Advisor Mike Flynn may have departed the administration, the Riyadh speech appears to echo numerous ideas expressed in Flynn book, in particular conflating Iran with Isis and al-Qaida.

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In Jerusalem, in public remarks after talks with Israeli leaders on the first day of his two-day visit, he again focused on Iran, pledging he would never let Tehran acquire nuclear arms.

Netanyahu called Trump "a true friend" to Israel and expressed optimism about the president's role in the Middle East peace process. Over the years the Saudis have bristled at American support for Israel, but not enough to undermine the relationship. There, in a black skullcap, he prayed and - in keeping with the custom - left a note in a crevice of the ancient wall. He also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb.

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TRUMP: And it's so interesting that our meeting took place on this very awful morning of death to innocent, young people. Saudis and Emiratis can not and should not do the diplomatic heavy lifting for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

This didn't stop Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from defending Trump's stamina, telling reporters on Monday that "he's doing better than I am".

Furthermore, Trump hopes to make "the ultimate deal" in brokering peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Liasson added, and part of that might involve first making sure that Israel and Sunni Arab states are a united front against Iran, and then getting Sunni Arab nations to pressure Israel to make concessions to Palestinians.

CNN reports that while the written speech used the phrase "Islamist extremism", Trump misspoke in delivering the speech and said "Islamic extremism". He did not weigh in on Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory.

Still, Monday's flight seems to have made a little bit of history. He has taken a tougher line on settlements than Israeli officials had expected, urging restraint but though not calling for a full halt to construction. He also became the first US president to visit Israel so early in his term, and the first serving USA president ever to visit the Western Wall - the 2,000-year-old section of a retaining wall of the Second Temple, Judaism's holiest site.

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Israel was his second stop on a nine-day tour aimed to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He also welcomed what he said was Netanyahu's commitment to pursuing peace and renewed his pledge to achieve a deal.

"I hope that President Trump will remind us that we have to think about youth and the future of the Middle East and its countries", Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk, Iraq, told Catholic News Service.