Leading Jewish Groups Praise Trump's Arab World Speech: 'He Delivered'

Both ADL and American Jewish Committee commend Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia, with later praising line on 'persecution of Jews'

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 21, 2017, shows Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan (L) chatting with US President Donald Trump during a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh.
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WASHINGTON - Two leading American-Jewish organizations praised President Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening, calling it powerful and successful.

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Trump used the speech to call on Muslin countries to increase their commitment to the fight against terrorism, and said that if the three religions of the Middle East - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - work together, then peace between Israelis and Palestinians could become "possible."

The American Jewish Committee, one of the oldest Jewish organizations in the U.S., wrote in response that Trump "had a big challenge in [his] Riyadh speech: show respect and enlist partners against Islamist extremism, but pull no punches." "He delivered," they added.

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The organization also specifically complimented Trump for one sentence in the speech, in which he called on the Islamic world to stand together "against [the] murder of innocent Muslims, oppression of women, persecution of Jews & slaughter of Christians."

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on his Twitter account that Trump's speech was "powerful," and that it "articulated message of co-existence and case against extremism."

The ADL has been highly critical of Trump ever since he launched his presidential campaign, especially after he called to ban Muslims from entering the United States.