Influence-rich Saudis blow through Sunni unity

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud waits to greet U.S. President Donald Trump, as he arrives to attend a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX36T3Y

Al Monitor: Less than a month after hosting US President Donald Trump and 50 Muslim leaders, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s alliance of Sunni states is in tatters, squandered on a vendetta. The Saudis’ self-inflicted damage comes as tensions with its arch nemesis Iran are becoming more dangerous than ever. Support in the United States for the kingdom is polarizing.

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud demonstrated the impressive convening power of the Saudi government last month by hosting the American leader and those of dozens of Muslim countries. With a few exceptions (Algeria, Oman), most Islamic heads of government came to Riyadh for the summit.

The Saudis rightly announced that the summit was a strong display of unity against terrorism and Iran, one that probably no other country in the Islamic world could have arranged. Saudi wealth and the king’s status as the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques account for the success.

The longstanding rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the world’s only two Wahhabi states, is now shattering the unity built just last month.  more …

Opinion: Believing he could bring 50 Sunni nations to expel terrorism, President Trump postponed the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Forget the firings of Michael Flynn and Jim Comey, the embassy delay was/is President Trump’s biggest mistake. The blessings promised in Genesis 12:3 have also been postponed.

At some point Jerusalem, will become an immovable rock (Zechariah 12:3) and the author of the Art of the Deal will regret his decision.


  1. Question for everyone out there: Have you ever been faced with a big decision where you spent endless hours calculating the odds of every angle and felt like you constructed the perfect plan? And then once you executed this “perfect” plan, it produced spectacularly bad results? Conversely, have you ever followed what you knew to be God’s plan, even though it seemed nuts, and “somehow” everything fell perfectly into place? While I have much more experience with the first scenario, I thank God for the times I listened and the outcomes He produced.

    If you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing you’ve experienced both. I wish our leaders would blindly move the embassy and let God take it from there. What’s unfolding before us, and the ramifications that will most certainly come, are lessons we can learn from and use in our own walk with Jesus.

    At this point, all we can do is pray.

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