Trump Vows to Fight Terrorism with 'Our Greatest Ally Israel'.
By Israel Hayom
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed to fight Radical Islam alongside "our greatest ally, Israel" in a speech meant to help him regain momentum, following several weeks of overwhelming criticism from across the political spectrum and poor showings in the polls.
"In the 20th century, the United States defeated fascism, Nazism and communism. Now, a different threat challenges our world: radical Islamic terrorism.. We cannot let this evil continue. Nor can we let the hateful ideology of radical Islam -- its oppression of women, gays, children and nonbelievers -- be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country -- and to embrace a tolerant American society -- should be issued visas," he said, promising to stop processing visas for people from countries that export terrorism.
In his speech in Ohio, a swing state that could be crucial in deciding the election, Trump rejected America's long-held policy of nation-building and regime change, calling the policy "a proven failure.. We have created the vacuums that allow terrorists to grow and thrive," he said.
Trump said "Our new approach, which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas, and by our friends in the Middle East, must be to halt the spread of Radical Islam. All actions should be oriented around this goal, and any country which shares this goal will be our ally. As president, I will call for an international conference focused on this goal. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel," he said.
Under his presidency, Trump said the U.S. would also partner with Jordan and Egypt, and "all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished."
Speaking positively of Russia, Trump said the two countries shared common ground in the fight against Islamic State. "They too have much at stake in the outcome in Syria, and have had their own battles with Islamic terrorism," he said.
Trump said the U.S. cannot "let the hateful ideology of radical Islam -- its oppression of women, gays, children, and nonbelievers -- be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries. We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before. But we will not defeat it with closed eyes, or silenced voices. Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country. Anyone who cannot condemn the hatred, oppression and violence of radical Islam lacks the moral clarity to serve as our president. ... Political correctness has replaced common sense in our society," he said, condoning Obama and Clinton's reluctance to use the term "radical Islam."
Trump also appeared to clarify his previous and much-criticized comments in which he labeled President Obama "the founder of ISIS. ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary Clinton," he said.
Trump attacked the nuclear agreement with Iran and the lifting of economic sanctions on the country. He also promised to "starve funding for Iran-backed Hamas and Hizbullah."
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|Date:||Aug 17, 2016|
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