Trump Tosses Out Obama Playbook In The Middle East

According to a February report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, arms imports to the Middle East jumped by 86% between 2012 and 2016, accounting for 29% of global arms purchases, an increase of nearly double from the previous five-year period studied.

Jewish organizations in the United States offered mixed reactions on Tuesday to President Trump's first visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. "I look forward to working with these leaders towards a lasting peace". While Trump has spoken frequently in the months since taking office of his desire to achieve what he has dubbed the "ultimate deal", he has not fleshed out any strategy that he or his administration might have towards achieving it.He also faces mounting difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing James Comey as FBI director two weeks ago, and a widening investigation into his administration's connections to Russian Federation. But Trump's offhand remark was another stark reminder that his troubles at home, including the investigation of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation and his firing of FBI Director James Comey, have followed him across the ocean.

It is not a religious conflict, and respecting the Abrahimic religions is an original part of Palestinian beliefs, Abbas stated. Rouhani criticized Trump, calling his visit to Israel a "theatrical gathering with no practical or political value" and arguing peace in the region would be impossible without Iranian cooperation, according to CNN. Let me say the Israelis would love to have peace.

"So you have another story wrong", he told reporters.

Thousands of Palestinians have staged a rally in the Gaza Strip to denounce a trip by US President Donald Trump to the occupied territories, while condemning his earlier designation of resistance against the Israeli regime as a from of terrorism.

The U.S. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995 stating, as a matter of U.S. policy, that Jerusalem should remain an undivided city, that it should be recognized as Israel's capital city, and that the American embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem no later than 1999.

Trump emphasized the point he had made throughout his trip, including at a summit of Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, that the region could unite against violence he claimed was promoted by Iran. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war. In contrast, the Palestinians have allowed themselves to be immobilized by hatred and denial, insisting that their problems and suffering are because of others.

Welcoming Trump at the airport were members of the Israeli government, each of whom was granted a handshake and short verbal exchange with the United States president.

President Donald Trump extended his condolences on Tuesday to the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people and said those behind the attack were "evil losers". "Making peace, however, will not be easy. All the stars are aligned", he told Reuters.

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