Trump makes personal appeal to both sides for Mideast peace

  • Trump makes personal appeal to both sides for Mideast peace

Trump makes personal appeal to both sides for Mideast peace

Netanyahu had ferociously opposed the Iran deal, claiming it posed an existential threat to Israel.

Abbas, who met with Trump this month in Washington, repeated "our commitment to cooperate with you in order to make peace and forge a historic peace deal". Only five of NATO's 28 members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, in the Six-Day War of 1967.

But a newspaper that in the era of Trump postures as a righteous defender of fact against the president's lies, ought to say things directly, including when issuing a correction. That is completely wrong.

"I'm not at peace with any arms race and the huge Saudi purchase for sure doesn't add much to our peace of mind", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.

Trump says "civilized nations must join together to protect human life". There was Trump, saying the possibilities of peace remain good, and deeming Abbas a force for peace in the process.

"I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal".

Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. "Bethlehem is in the West Bank, and Vatican City is separate from Italy". Israel and the Arab states have for several years been collaborating strategically by sharing intelligence and developing clandestine security cooperation to stop Iran from realising its regional objectives. Commercial Israeli flights aren't even allowed to fly over Saudi Arabian airspace.

"In my experience, working on the [previous] $60 billion Saudi F-15 and Saudi National Guard aviation sales, qualitative military edge was the most frequently raised congressional concern", Des Roches wrote, referring to guarantees to Israel - repeated by Trump during his visit there - that its military edge will be preserved. Trump was in Israel for 2 days, as part of his first trip overseas since being elected.

Trump ended his nine-day trip with a speech to US troops in Sicily, where he recounted his visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy and his work to counter terrorism. Obama had raised questions about the extent of Iranian support and withheld the shipment of precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia, which it charged with indiscriminate bombing of civilians as part of a two-year-old intervention in Yemen. So even if the new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology develops innovative ways and ideas to blunt the unsafe worldviews that are the foundation of the Islamic State, al-Qaida and other such groups, Trump's not-so-implicit green light for regional authoritarians to do as they see fit at home has the potential to undermine this good work. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit.

First and foremost, Trump left players in the region with a clear understanding that an Israeli-Palestinian peace process is on the table, and that both parties are worthy partners in this endeavor.

But Trump departed for Europe having offered no real indication of a path forward on one of the world's most intractable disputes. But there is always the risk Trump's strong anti-Iran position could actually exacerbate sectarianism.

A senior U.S. official traveling with Trump said Washington understands what he described as Israel's "completely legitimate" concerns and pledged to help the Jewish state maintain its military advantage.

Leaders of seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration more time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement. When you go over there to the Palestinian territories, sure, there are terrorists, and they should be punished ... but then you have these Palestinians business guys, regular guys like us, just regular people, they're peaceful, they are being bothered every day of their life to run their business ...

"We all know that".

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since April 2014.