Trump: Israel not the root of Middle East's problems

President to lay out new doctrine on Mideast policy. 'Jihad and Iran, not Israel, are source of region's problems.'

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David Rosenberg, | updated: 13:53

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to publicize his administration’s national security doctrine on Monday, two years after then-President Barack Obama released his own strategy document, which emphasized global warming as a major threat to global security.

The new doctrine, laid out in a 70-page document, includes significant departures from past American policy on the Middle East, including the Israeli-Arab conflict and the influence that conflict has had on Middle East stability.

According to the Associated Press, which obtained a draft of the new national security document, the president is expected to emphasize that Israel is not the cause of the Middle East crisis. Instead, the document singles out Iran and radical Islamic terror groups like ISIS as the root causes of regional strife.

“[F]or generations the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been understood as the prime irritant preventing peace and prosperity in the region,” the draft of the document obtained by the AP reads in part. “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.”

The policy paper is slated to be released just two days ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Israel. Pence is scheduled to visit the Western Wall Wednesday, and is expected to be escorted by a senior Israeli official, making it the first state visit by an American leader to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Pence’s Western Wall visit will take place exactly three weeks after President Trump announced that the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, and that the State Department had been ordered to begin work to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.








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