WASHINGTON - Two leading American-Jewish organizations praised President Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening, calling it powerful and successful.
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."
.@POTUS had big challenge in Riyadh speech: show respect & enlist partners against Islamist extremism, but pull no punches. He delivered.— AJC (@AJCGlobal) May 21, 2017
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.
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."
Powerful speech that articulated msg of coexistence and case ag extremism. Too bad Jewish/Israeli media couldn't be there to exemplify it. https://t.co/FXs2TkM8pW— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) May 21, 2017
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.
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