If U.S. President Donald Trump can be trusted at his word, it doesn't appear that he believes Israel is part of the Middle East.
After arriving in Israel on Monday, Trump sat down with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin for a press conference. He then went on to say he just "got back" from the Middle East.
"We just got back from the Middle East. We just got back from Saudi Arabia," Trump said, as can be heard in a video of the meeting.
Of course, regardless of ones political sentiments, Israel is geographically located in the Middle East. But, considering the decades-old tensions that have persisted ever since the creation of the Israeli state on Palestinian land back in 1948, many found Trump's comments a bit comical.
After all, the Israeli state has long justified its existence by insisting that its Jewish citizens are ethnically Middle Eastern. For a president of the U.S. – one of Israel's strongest supporters and biggest funders – to suggest otherwise seems like a happy accident to many.