Because You Asked: What Is the Significance of President Trump’s Visit to The Middle East?
An ATP Report Production – on this episode Barry Nussbaum explains why President Trump’s trip broke new ground in both Saudi Arabia and Israel heralding big changes in American foreign policy.
Welcome to Because You Asked, I’m Barry Nussbaum.
On what amounts to a Middle East visit of historic proportions, President Trump continues to break new ground on his first trip abroad as President. Today on Because You Asked, we will answer the question, what is the significance of President Trump’s visit to the Middle East?
There are four answers to today’s question:
First, we begin with discussing the importance of the visit to the western wall. Fifty years after Israel liberated the western wall during the 6-day war in 1967, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting American leader to visit Judaism’s most holy prayer site. It was a historic visit that saw him accompanied by his Jewish daughter and son-in-law in Jerusalem’s ancient city. This wall is all that remains of the ancient Jewish temple from over 2000 years ago, the only one in the world from ancient world Jewry. The Temple Mount as it is called, supported Solomon’s temple, the holiest place in the world, built over the site where Abraham was to have sacrificed his son Isaac in the Bible. The same temple location where Jesus walked a millennium later. Here President Trump and his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner strolled to the men’s section of the wall, in accordance with the gender-segregated orthodox practice at the site, while first lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump paid respect to the women’s section.
Trump lingered to touch the stones for some 30 seconds and slipped a note of prayer inside along thousands of others left daily.
Second, the wall visit was not Trump’s first first. In Saudi Arabia, millions around the world noticed that President Trump didn’t bow to the Saudi King as Obama did. Remember in 2009, then President Obama made a point to bow to Saudi King Salman. This was certainly a visit and greetings of equals, not one of a submission like President Obama. This President travels as the leader of the free world, and projects that power.
Oh, and by the way, did you notice that first lady Melania Trump shook hands a number of times with the King, instead of bowing to him, while not covered in a head scarf as Michelle Obama was?
Third, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his “reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East,” after Monday’s meeting in Jerusalem.
“I look forward to working closely with you to confront the dangers we face together in this violent and volatile Middle East,” Netanyahu said in remarks before the two leaders, joined by their wives, sat down for dinner. “I believe that together we can roll back Iran’s march of aggression and terror in this region and we can thwart Iran’s unbridled ambition to become a nuclear weapons state.”
Furthermore, Netanyahu praised Trump for his “deep commitment to Israel’s security, its well-being and its future.”
“I have no doubt that as we work together, you and I, the alliance between our countries will grow ever stronger,” he added. Basically, President Trump has abandoned Obama’s policy of leading from behind, and has rushed to the front to create new policy in the Middle East. The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the P.A. all commented on this big change!
Entering the old city’s maze of alleyways on Monday, Trump and Melania met the heads of various Christian denominations and began their tour at one of the holiest sites in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed by Christians to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Fourth, the big question remaining is whether or not the President will assert his power again in his discussions with Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas. A few weeks ago at the White House, President Trump insisted that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority stop paying terrorists to kill Jews, stop paying terrorist families who died killing Jews, and stop naming squares and monuments after Palestinians who died in their mission of killing Jews. We hope that the President strongly delivers this message again! In case he doesn’t, Prime Minister Netanyahu made this statement:
If the Manchester attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.
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