'Trump did a great thing'

Efrat's rabbi points out President's true achievement: 'Succeeded in uniting Sunni countries against terrorism; we are no longer isolated'.

Benny Tocker,

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rabbi of Efrat and Head of Or Torah Stone Foundation, congratulated the President of the United States on his significant achievement in his journey to the Middle East.

"What he has succeeded in doing, and this is a very great success in my opinion, is the taking of a Muslim establishment to advance peace. Jihad is a war for the sake of aggressiveness, and while in Maimonides' time there were Muslims who were in favor of peace - and saw all Jihad as an internal struggle, spiritual rather than physical, but that does not exist today.

"He succeeded in taking some of the Sunnis, led by Saudi Arabia, and made an Islamic center against global terror ... If a Muslim establishment speaks against jihad, it is a big thing for the whole world - it is also a statement against the terror of the Palestinians against us and against Hamas and Hezbollah. One can not know, but the idea that the Muslim establishment will speak out against terrorism and for the importance of peace is a big thing," Rabbi Riskin told Arutz Sheva.

"It seems to me that this is Trump's wisdom, because we and the Palestinians can not achieve peace, because they do not recognize us, and the whole world understands that two states for two peoples is very difficult. But if there is now a possibility of a regional alliance between Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel against terrorism, we will be part of the Sunni Arab countries that are against terrorism and war. This could begin to pave the way for an understanding between us and the Palestinians. For the first time Trump creates a new reality here that we are not isolated but on the contrary."