By Joel C. Rosenberg, The Jerusalem Post, January 19, 2017
The inauguration of Donald Trump will mark the first time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ever had a Republican to work with in the White House.
Bill Clinton was President in Bibi’s first term (1996 to 1999) and repeatedly pressured Israel to make dangerous concessions to Yasser Arafat. When Bibi resisted, Clinton deployed his top political advisors — James Carville, Bob Shrum and Stan Greenberg – to run Ehud Barak’s campaign to oust Netanyahu from office.
When Bibi returned to office in March 2009, Barack Obama had just been inaugurated. The Illinois Democrat proceeded to skip Israel on his first visit to the region. He suggested creating “daylight” between America and Israel would help make peace. He aggressively pressured Israel to divide Jerusalem and to retreat to the indefensible pre-1967 lines. And when Netanyahu balked, Obama made Hillary Clinton his “designated yeller.”
Obama deserves credit for supporting Iron Dome and a $38 billion. ten-year military aid deal with Israel. But this hardly absolves him from cutting a naïve nuclear deal with Iran, abandoning his own red line in Syria, withdrawing all U.S. forces from Iraq, and repeatedly underestimating the ISIS threat, all of which put Israeli security at risk.
In his final days in office, Obama doubled down on this disastrous legacy, refusing to veto back Israel at the U.N. and supporting a pointless “peace conference” in Paris that excluded Israelis and Palestinians.
For Netanyahu, Friday can’t come soon enough.
Dismissing recent moves by Obama and the French as the “final palpitations of yesterday’s world,” Netanyahu told reporters, “Tomorrow will look a lot different, and tomorrow is very close.”
The Israeli public overwhelmingly agrees. Fully 83% of Israelis say they expect Trump to be “pro-Israel,” according to a December poll.
This may prove true, but….
Here are links to two important surveys that I site in my JPost column. I would encourage you to carefully study the details of both surveys to get the full picture:
- The exclusive survey I commissioned via McLaughlin & Associates reveals that 53% of liberal Americans (and 56% of those who say they are “very liberal”) support President Obama’s decision to not to veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN and want the US and UN to get even tougher on Israel in the years ahead. What’s more 23% of Independents, 33% of Catholics and 41% of Millennials want to get tougher with Israel, too. To read more detailed results, please click here.
- A new survey conducted by Pew Research reveals that liberal support for Israel is cratering. In 2001, 48% of self-described liberal Democrats said they sympathized with Israel. Today, that number has plummeted to just 26%. For more detailed results (including trends in conservative support for Israel and analysis of American attitudes on other foreign policy and national security issues), please click here.
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