Trump: Israel First or America First?

The two-state solution is almost surely dead. Netanyahu is not going to remove scores of thousands of Jewish settlers from Judea and Samaria to cede the land to a Palestinian state. After all, Bibi opposed Ariel Sharon’s removal of 8,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza.

How will all this impact the new Trump administration?

Having tweeted, “Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching,” and having named a militant Zionist as his ambassador, Trump is certain to tilt U.S. policy heavily toward Israel.

Politically, this will bring rewards in the U.S. Jewish community.

The Republican Party will become the “pro-Israel” party, while the Democrats can be portrayed as divided and conflicted, with a left wing that is pro-Palestine and sympathetic to sanctions on Israel.

And the problem for Trump in a full embrace of Bibi?

Britain and France, which voted for the resolution where the U.S. abstained, are going to go their separate way on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, as is the world.

Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf Arabs will be pressured by their peoples and by the militant states of the region like Iran, to distance themselves from the Americans or face internal troubles.

And once U.S. pressure ends and settlement building in the West Bank proceeds, Netanyahu, his hawkish cabinet, the Israeli lobby, the neocons, and the congressional Republicans will start beating the drums for Trump to terminate what he himself has called that “horrible Iran deal.”

Calls are already coming for the cancellation of the sale of 80 Boeing jets to Iran. Yet, any U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, or reimposition of sanctions on Iran, will further split us off from our European allies. Not only did Britain and France vote for the Security Council resolution, both are party, as is Germany, to the Iran deal.

Having America publicly reassert herself as Israel’s best friend, with “no daylight” between us, could have us ending up as Israel’s only friend—and Israel as our only friend in the Middle East.

Bibi’s Israel First policy must one day collide with America First.

Source: Israel First or America First? | The American Conservative

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2 Replies to “Trump: Israel First or America First?”

  1. The whole article is idiotic, but this really is the icing on the cake: “Having America publicly reassert herself as Israel’s best friend, with “no daylight” between us, could have us ending up as Israel’s only friend—and Israel as our only friend in the Middle East.” The sheer idiocy of this statement will not be missed by anyone with even a veneer of knowledge regarding the Middle East conflict. Hello? We ALREADY are Israel’s only friend in the Middle East, so how could it possibly be worse? Abandoning Israel to the hyenas will not yield any benefit, whereas standing by our Jewish friends is a mutually rewarding proposiiton.

    • The truth is that the “friendship” is there no matter what happens in this case. The question the article is exploring is if the United States needs a two state solution as its preferred solution. Some think so. The fear is that the other option is perpetual animosity and warlike atmosphere that supposedly could be alleviated.

      Why do you think this is tantamount to abandoning Israel?