Charles Krauthammer: Middle East Peace Starts In Saudi Arabia


"We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship", Trump said.

Continuing with the theme of isolating Tehran, a strong plea the United States leader made with Arab leaders during his stay in Saudi Arabia, he went a notch higher in lashing out at the root of all evil during his meetings with Israeli leaders.

Netanyahu was only too happy to welcome Trump's utterances against Iran and its nuclear programme which the Israeli leader has said is an existential threat to his country. "I think a lot of that progress has been made because of the aggression of Iran and it's forcing people together in a very positive way", the USA president said. Speaking on Israeli television, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked stated, "We know that Trump will soon come to realize that there is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side".

Earlier on May 21, Trump met with leaders of the countries from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh.

For his part, Putin offered his congratulations to Rouhani on his re-election as the Iranian president, saying the results of the presidential election proved that Iranians are supporting Rouhani's economic and social measures as well as his regional and global plans.

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations". "And believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon".

"I had a great meeting this morning with President Mahmoud Abbas and I can tell you that he is ready to reach a peace deal".

The speech was lauded as a foreign policy success for Trump, but that's largely because the bar was so low.

Right-wingers said they were at least relieved that Trump made no mention of the two-state solution, which they strongly oppose.

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But as Trump has moved across the Middle East, his message on the deal hasn't wavered. This marks a sharp departure from that of the previous administration, which struck a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, worsening relations with Saudi and Israeli leaders as a result.

The second part of Trump's strategy entails building a coalition against Iran and its Shiite proxies with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

"They're working together extremely cooperatively, and also working incredible well with Israel". Trump advisers repeatedly described the trip as historic and groundbreaking, including one senior official who brashly said without evidence Trump had "united the entire Muslim world".

The Iranians were mostly marking reformist President Hassan Rouhani's landslide victory in his re-election bid, a sweeping endorsement of his policy of ending worldwide isolation while rolling out greater freedoms at home.

Previous U.S. presidents, including Bush and Barack Obama, had urged Arab and Muslim leaders to adopt political reforms and respect human rights.

This week, Trump has signaled that the mode of foreign engagement focusing on fostering Democratic ideals is ending.

Which is why Israelis of nearly all political persuasions were excited to see Air Force One touch down Tuesday from Riyadh, marking the first official direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. "We are here to offer partnership ― based on shared interests and values ― to pursue a better future for us all".

Countries where relations with the United States had frozen, like Iran and Cuba, were brought to the negotiating table with the hope engagement could spur the beginnings of democratic reform. "We have to walk a very fine line between on the one hand making sure we are pushing back against Iran's objectionable activities, but not closing the door on a relationship as this country evolves, because that will only reinforce all of the hard liners in the country who want to keep Iran stuck in the past".