Diplomacy

AP: Trump to Announce that “Jihadist Organizations” and Iran are Main Threats to Mideast

In his scheduled speech outlining his national security strategy, President Donald Trump is expected to say that the main sources of instability and violence in the Middle East are “radical jihadist terrorist organizations and the threat from Iran” rather than from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The AP report is based on a late version of the strategy document that its reporters reviewed.

Notably, the document states that “for generations the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been understood as the prime irritant preventing peace and prosperity in the region. Today, the threats from radical jihadist terrorist organizations and the threat from Iran are creating the realization that Israel is not the cause of the region’s problems. States have increasingly found common interests with Israel in confronting common threats.”

According to the document, Trump also intends to point out rivals to the United States, including “rogue regimes” like North Korea and “revisionist powers” such as Russia and China.

Trump’s reported approach to the Middle East would appear to be a departure from that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic in 2008, that the Israeli-Palestinian is a “constant sore,” which “does infect all our foreign policy.”

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