President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia not only impressed our own country but it got the attention of one of our greatest allies in the Middle East. After the President’s first stop on his first overseas trip Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, had very kind words for the United States and our role in the international arena. Which is not surprising considering the warm relationship he and President Trump have had since the very beginning.
Netanyahu noted that Israel appreciated the “reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.” He noted that he felt is was a reality ever since the United States had taken a harsher stance against Iran under the Trump administration. He also commended the President’s involvement in the Syrian conflict after Bashar Al-Assad was found to have used chemical weapons on his own people. Prime Minister Netanyahu said,
“I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran. I want you to know how much we appreciate your bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. I wanted to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East. For the first time in many years and, Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. We could roll back Iran’s march of aggression in the region and we can thwart Iran’s unbridled ambition to become a nuclear weapons state. “
Netanyahu echoed the President’s statement that “common dangers are turning former enemies into partners.” The phrase is a likely reference to the tie of the threat of radical Islamic terrorism that binds many countries together, such as Saudi Arabia and the United States. The Prime Minister specifically referenced the meeting the President had with Arab Muslim leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in which he argued the President laid the foundations for realistic and long lasting peace.
President Trump responded to his Israeli counterpart saying,
“There are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before. We must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation. This is a land filled with beauty, wonder and the spirit of God. I’ve been amazed by the … generosity of your incredible people, because it’s all about the people. I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall, words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression on me forever.”
The sentiment of the trip and meeting was to emphasize the partnership the two allies wanted to foster and nurture with one another. While simultaneously working together to combat the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. President Trump maintained that by working together with Israel and Saudi Arabia that they would be able to stomp out radical Islamic extremism in the Middle East.
Under the Obama administration Israel was treated very poorly. Just prior to the President’s inauguration the former President Obama stabbed Israel in the back by voting in the United Nations to strip Israel of some of their sovereign land and gave it to the Palestinians. President Trump has always been a staunch supporter of Israel and denounced Obama’s United Nations vote. It is no wonder that Trump and Netanyahu have a wonderful relationship.
Not only is standing by Israel the right and loyal thing to do it is necessary to have them by our side in the fight against ISIS.