Melanie Phillips On Trump’s Middle East Visit

Written for the Jerusalem Post.

TRUMP REFRAMES THE MIDDLE EAST WAR ZONE

In blunt and accurate language no other world leader would use, he called on the Saudis to confront “the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds… And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.”

Remarkably, he called out not only Iran’s Shia branch of Islam but also Saudi Arabia’s own Sunni variety as the fount of extremism and violence.

“Drive. Them. Out,” he told his Saudi hosts. “DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship. DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities. DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH” (capitals in the printed text).

Trump reframes the Middle East war zone

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