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Trump visits Israel

May 22, 2017 | Expert Insights

President Donald Trump has arrived in Israel. He flew in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his trip. The president has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement "the ultimate deal". From past 70 years, the US – Saudi relation has seen many ups and down of economic and security cooperation. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest holder of crude oil reserves and 8th largest supplier of goods imports of United States in 2013.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Saudi was the primary destination for the world’s largest arms producer- U.S. from 2011 to 2015, further strengthening the alliance. Although the world now knows Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric and executive orders to keep Muslims away from his country, he could not avoid starting his first venture abroad from Saudi Arabia as president.

Trump's position on Israel's settlements?

The US president has been considerably more supportive of Israel than Barack Obama. He has taken a softer position on the contentious issue of Israeli settlements, suggesting that their expansion rather than their presence might hamper the search for peace. Since Israel’s 1967 occupation of West Bank and East Jerusalem, more than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements land Palestinians claim for a future state.

In light of recent agreement worth $350 billion, $110 billon is invested in the arms deal. The arms package includes a pledge by the kingdom to assemble 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters in Saudi Arabia, in a $6 billion deal expected to result in about 450 jobs in the kingdom.

The beginning of the turning point

Saudi, for its own personal gains might hope for the defeat of Islamic State, they oppose to the Middle East's other Islamic totalitarian regime, Iran and they have been an honest ally to the states could be another aspect to why Trump planned to visit Saudi. The actual reason behind Trump’s visit to Saudi might be a mystery but it looks like Trump is more likely to focus on business from the Muslim state as this agreement involves enormous profit.