(National Sentinel) Diplomacy: Age-old jealousies, rivalries and hatreds dating back centuries abound in the Middle East, a reality that has confounded modern efforts to bring a lasting peace to the region between major Arab-Muslim nations and the Jewish state of Israel.
But peace is also not impossible, as evidenced by treaties and agreements signed between Israel and former rivals Jordan and Egypt.
President Donald J. Trump is the latest president to take up the mantle of producing a lasting peace in the world’s most volatile region, a task he considers important enough to have made Saudi Arabia his very first overseas visit as U.S. leader – with Israel being the second visit.
Already Trump has scored a historic first: Addressing 50 Arab-Muslim leaders during a first-ever summit in Riyadh on Saturday, followed by the first-ever (in modern history) flight directly from the Saudi capital to Israel, aboard Air Force One.
And as noted by The American Mirror, Trump is winning praise throughout the region for his outreach and serious efforts to end the decades (centuries?) of bloodshed there:
President Trump is continuing to defy his detractors at home by wooing more world leaders in the Middle East.
During a Sunday meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sisi told the American president that he is “capable of doing the impossible.”
“Mr. President, let me express our appreciation and respect,” Sisi said through a translator.
“Let me say that you have a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.”
Trump laughed and replied, “That’s very interesting…I agree.”
Watch the exchange here:
In addition, the Israelis have made some unique concessions to Palestinians, at Trump’s request. Per Yahoo:
Israeli ministers have approved measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, rare moves said to be at Donald Trump’s request hours ahead of the US president’s arrival.
An Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity that ministers were responding to a Trump request to present him with “confidence-building measures” ahead of his talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday.
In a statement, Trump’s administration welcomed the moves, saying he “has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peace making.”
“He has expressed particular interest in taking steps to improve the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
In what the Israeli official described as a “gesture for Trump’s visit, which does not harm Israel’s interests”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet on Sunday approved the enlargement of a Palestinian industrial zone on the edge of the southern West Bank.
Trump may also sense some further breakthroughs, telling Israeli President Reuven Rivlen: ““You have a great opportunity right now. There’s a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East. I think people have just had enough. They’ve had enough of the bloodshed and the killing.”