Trump’s Goes to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem
By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Thursday, May 18th, 2017 @ 9:01PM
The Trump administration’s effort to help a Sunni coalition against ISIS and Iran is important, because “We all have the same enemy and we all want the same thing.” Is there no one in the administration to remember and remind Trump what happened when the U.S. helped the Sunni Taliban to defeat the former Soviet Union? Al Qaeda happened.
And why does the President have to call for an “Arab NATO”? Isn’t that what the Saudi-led and funded Arab League for?
Likewise, why didn’t the White House insist the President will not attend any meeting with the “Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir — who is wanted on genocide charges by the international criminal court?
The Saudis also invited Mahmud Abbas, who met with the President earlier this month and scheduled to meet him again in Ramallah, to Trump’s meeting with the heads of 50 Arab States. Was it part of the condition to $350 billion worth of Saudi investment in the U.S. ($110 billion in arms)? The other condition, as gleaned from the Arab media, is the recognition of an independent Palestinian State.
The President’s announced plans for his visit in Jerusalem demonstrates Washington’s quiescence to Saudi conditions. This is why, as was announced by the White House the President will not be accompanied as protocol would have it by his old friend, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, when he goes to pray at the Western Wall, and why he will refrain from following up on his promise to locate the American Embassy to Jerusalem, the Capital of the Jewish State of Israel.
Instead, Trump is said to be eager to show off his artful dealing by forcing a negotiation between Israel and the terrorist Palestinians. Trump’s advisors should have done well to discourage him from the certain failure of tilting the Palestine windmills.