US President Donald Trump was on Monday set to land in Israel to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a day after urging Arab and Islamic leaders to unite and “drive out” terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims.
Trump’s Israel visit comes after he delivered a powerful speech at the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh on Sunday.
The US President will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders and also address regional security issues during the course of his two-day stop, CNN reported.
Trump, while addressing the leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries in Saudi Arabia, sought to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world after making a slew of Islamophobic remarks on the campaign trail, calling for a ban on Muslims and declaring “Islam hates us”.
He described the battle against terrorist groups as a “battle between good and evil” as he told Muslim-majority countries to redouble their counterterrorism efforts.
Trump rejected the idea that the fight against terrorism was a struggle between religions.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilisations,” Trump said.
“This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil,” he said.
While Trump said that he was “not here to lecture” the Muslim world, his speech went beyond outreach.
In his most forceful argument, Trump exhorted Muslim-majority countries to do more to eradicate terrorist groups that claim the mantle of Islam, urging Muslims to “drive out” terrorists.