President Trump began his speech in Israel on Monday with the word “Shalom.” It is the reason for this 9-day trip primarily in the middle-east. He has referred to the goal of “peace” between Israel and their Palestinian neighbors as the “ultimate deal.” And Trump has vowed to make the Middle East a place where children can “grow up free from terrorism and violence.” This is the core of the message President Trump took to Saudi Arabia where he met with 50 key leaders from the Muslim world, it is the core message in Israel, and it will be the core message that he will take to his meeting with Palestinian authority President Abbas in Bethlehem.
Standing alongside of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Trump said, “You have a great opportunity right now,” Trump told him. ‘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.”
President Rivlen communicated this message to President Trump, “The people of Israel are excited by your arrival – and have great expectations. The world needs a strong United States. The Middle East needs a strong United States. Israel needs a strong United States,” Rivlin said with building momentum. “And may I say, the United States needs a strong Israel.”
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, said this regarding Trump’s speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, “Yesterday in Saudi Arabia you delivered a forceful speech of clarity and conviction. You called on all nations to drive out terrorists and extremists. … For 69 years Israel has been doing precisely that.” He then thanked Trump for the “powerful expression of your friendship to Israel” that his trip represents. And the Prime Minister closed his remarks with this optimistic yet bold response, “Israel’s hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors,” he said, but only in the services of “a genuine and durable one in which the Jewish state is recognized, security remains in Israel’s hands and the conflict ends once and for all.”
President Trump took opportunity in the President of Israel’s home to praise the nation of Israel as “a nation forged in the commitment that we will never allow the horrors and atrocities of the last century to be repeated.” And President Rivlin gave this hope-filled note, “We are praying for peace, and we are pushing for peace for the last 100 years. And with God’s help, somebody will bring us peace, all together.”
The president’s speech began with the word “Shalom.” Can President Trump and his team partner with Muslim, Israeli and Palestinian leadership to bring about lasting “Shalom?”
Credit: Daily Mail