Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

What’s on the Trump-Netanyahu Agenda?

Jacob Kornbluh

Israel awaits response on key issues from new administration

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

 Mishpacha image

CITY LIVING The world calls it a settlement, but to its 20,000 residents, the yishuv of Ariel is a thriving city. Will it grow further in the Trump era? (Photos: AFP/Imagebank)

T he Obama years are over, and President Trump insists he repaired the damage done to the US-Israel relationship in one short phone call he placed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The two leaders have forged a personal connection and have much in common, including their mutual distaste for the mainstream media. Nonetheless, the first real test will come when the two leaders meet in Washington, D.C., sometime this month.

At the outset, the issues seem simple. Both Trump and Netanyahu disapprove of the Iranian nuclear deal, prefer good relations with Russia, and are publicly for a peace settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The president and prime minister also appear to be on the same page when it comes to fighting radical Islamic terror.

But there are still two outstanding issues to be discussed, weighty matters that both the Israeli government and Trump’s Jewish supporters hoped would receive immediate attention.

The first is the promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the opening weeks of his presidency, Trump has danced around the issue and it’s not clear whether the hesitation is on his side or Israel’s.

Aaron David Miller: “There just won’t be as much to fight about as there was in the Obama administration”

The second — and perhaps more important — issue awaiting confirmation by the Trump administration is that it adheres to the common-sense understandings reached in the 2004 Bush-Sharon letter that recognized large settlement blocs as part of Israel. Netanyahu will also reportedly seek assurances that the US will prevent the UN from internationalizing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro speculated this week that Netanyahu’s tweet praising Trump’s wall is part of a quid pro quo deal. “To me, it looks like Trump is already squeezing Netanyahu hard,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter. (excerpted)

—Jacob Kornbluh is the political reporter for Jewish Insider

Related Stories

South of the Border, Below the Belt

Binyamin Rose

Low political discourse high bar to success

Turkey's Charm Offensive

Ariel Ben Solomon

Turkey’s new ambassador to Israel warms up diplomatic relations

An Unforgettable Kaddish

Margie Pensak

Baltimore community honors unusual case of “meis mitzvah”

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Drink to Eternity
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Redemption doesn’t simply mean being let out of jail
Klal Yisrael Is Always Free
Yonoson Rosenblum "In that merit will Klal Yisrael continue to exist”
Home Free
Eytan Kobre My baseline for comparison is admittedly weak
Believe in Your Own Seder
Rabbi Judah Mischel Hashem is satisfied when we do our best
Picture Perfect
Yisroel Besser Take a picture — and this time, send it to yourself
Flying Solo
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman As Pesach loomed closer, his resentment was growing
Hanging on by a Hair
Jacob L. Freedman MD “Do you still think that I’m not completely crazy?”
A Song for Every Season
Riki Goldstein Influencers map out their personal musical soundtracks
Subliminal Speech
Faigy Peritzman The deeper the recognition, the deeper the effect
The Big Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Spelling things out clears clouds of resentment
The Count-Up
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Tap the middos of Sefirah to recreate yourself
The Baker: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP with Zivia Reischer "She can't get married if she can't build a relationship...
Know This: Infertility
As Told to Bracha Stein There was no place for me. I didn’t belong
Dear Shadchan
The Girl Here's the thing: I need time