Trump: “US Troops will Stay in the Middle East to Protect Israel”

The New Observer – Dec 5, 2018

Trump and Netanyahu. Click to enlarge

Trump and Netanyahu. Click to enlarge

American troops will stay in the Middle East indefinitely to protect Israel, despite the fact that other US concerns such as oil were no longer sufficient reason to retain a military presence in the region, US President Donald Trump has said.

Speaking in an interview with the Washington Post, Trump explained his reasoning as follows:

“Now, are we going to stay in that part of the world [the Middle East]?

“One reason to is Israel. Oil is becoming less and less of a reason because we’re producing more oil now than we’ve ever produced. So, you know, all of a sudden it gets to a point where you don’t have to stay there.”

This is the first time that a US president has specifically admitted that the US maintains a military presence in the Middle East solely because of Israel—a fact always covered up by the Jewish lobby-controlled media but well-known to all objective observers.

The reference to “oil” in Trump’s comments is clearly aimed at Saudi Arabia—one of the US’ main oil providers and a firm ally of Israel.

However, the close co-operation between the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia—most recently seen in the supplying of weapons to the radical Islamists posing as “moderate rebels” in Syria.

Earlier, Trump said that that Israel would face severe difficulties without the presence of Saudi Arabia, saying: “The fact is that Saudi Arabia is tremendously helpful in the Middle East, if we didn’t have Saudi Arabia we wouldn’t have a big base [and] Israel would be in big trouble.”

“The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel, and all other partners in the region,” he said, deflecting critics who pointed out the murderous nature of the Saudi regime as exemplified in the recent murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, US Senator Rand Paul has stirred controversy with his “hold” over the passage of the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, which codifies into law the $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over 10 years.

Senate rules allow an individual senator to prevent a bill from being put forward because there is a requirement that all senators have to agree to a bill being put forward.

Paul has put the “hold” on the bill because, he said, “If we are going to send aid to Israel it should be limited in time and scope so we aren’t doing it forever.”

Paul’s hold will only be temporary, as there is a way to force the bill forward, and he is also likely to buckle to increasing pressure from the Jewish lobby.

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