Comment: Israel and the Trump administration

In just two weeks, a new US administration will enter the White House. It may well prove to be a turning point for Israel, reversing the tide of global hostility of the past eight years, in which the outgoing administration regarded us diplomatically as a rogue state rather than an ally.

President-elect Donald Trump is regarded by many observers as volatile, unpredictable and capable of reversing his opinions. Aside from one comment made early in his campaign about Israel having to pay its own way, Trump and his spokesmen – both during and after the election – have sent extraordinarily positive signals to Israel. He personally intervened, albeit unsuccessfully, to prevent President Barack Obama’s betrayal of Israel at the UN Security Council. While he cannot rescind the iniquitous Resolution 2334, he did undertake to ensure that under his administration Israel would be treated as a genuine ally.


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