Donald trump made his first foreign trip as President of the United States. He visited Riyadh, Jerusalem and Rome. Some details of this recent tour of U.S. President ready to comment on the writer and Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg.
MAN: Joel, what is the significance of the President’s speech about Islam, which he delivered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?
Joel Rosenberg, author and expert on the Middle East:
It was a striking speech. I think it is extremely successful. Not that the US President said something he had not yet spoken, but he said that in Saudi Arabia. He very clearly explained the differences between moderate Muslims are an overwhelming majority and Islamists — Islamic radicals. And he expressed himself very clearly. He used the terms “Islamic radicalism,” “Islamic extremism,” and he said this in Saudi Arabia — not only by Saudis, but also to the leaders of fifty-five Muslim countries. And here is the result: strategic restructuring, which can be called historical. That is, the Sunni Arabs and Israel want to cooperate with the United States against two common existential enemies: Iran and the “Islamic state”. And then the President trump came in and said, “Here’s something I want to work with you”.
MHN: From Saudi Arabia Donald trump flew directly to tel Aviv, which has never happened before. He also became the first serving U.S. President, who visited the wailing Wall, and, incidentally, the first President, who visited Christian Shrine in front of the Jews. How significant were these steps?
The President’s trip to Israel was fantastic! I would even call this trip of the President of trump in Israel the most successful state visit of any American leader in recent decades. Why? Partly because for the past eight years, relations between the two countries was very tense. What a contrast: the new American President says: “We are your friends. We are not going to push the peace process. We are not going to criticize you for settlement.” Nothing like that, but only a warm welcome, companionship and strategic resetting of the Alliance. All that was important. This trip to the middle East had been carefully planned and well carried out. The President clearly expressed his position, and it fully meets the interests of Israel and Sunni Arabs: “America is back! We are your allies. Iran and ISIS — our common problem. How can we work together?”
MAN: Evangelical Christians in the USA reacted to his visit to Israel very positively. Why?
Evangelical Christians want to see that the President supports Israel and opposes radical Islamists. If they do something and are disappointed, so it may be the fact that the President said nothing about his promise to move the American Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He’s promised it. But now not very clear what he will do in this direction. Though he did not say refuses, but he didn’t even touched, despite the fact that he was there on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. However, this is not the question that is now bothering the Israelis. And besides, I think this question is not worried about Evangelical Christians, because (a) the President so much just makes our issues; (b) the question of the Embassy is very controversial in the region, and the President avoids controversy and working to enhance what we usually agree. In General, it was a huge success — the most successful us President’s visit to the epicenter, in Israel and in the Arab world that I’ve seen in my life. And I’m deeply excited about. I think my feelings should share many Evangelical Christians.