February 11, 2017
O ye of little faith.
Back in November, you thought Trump’s pro-Israel rhetoric was genuine, rather than a fake-out designed to make sure the inauguration wasn’t thwarted and he got into office which he could then walk back.
He’s walking it back.
President Donald Trump appeared to adopt a harder U.S. line towards Israel in an interview with an Israeli paper just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House.
Trump criticized Israeli settlement building in disputed territory and said he was reconsidering moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Trump repeatedly pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, and lambasted former President Barack Obama’s decision to allow a United Nations resolution condemning Israel to pass without veto.
Israeli settlements “don’t help the process,” Trump said, adding that he did not think “going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace.” Regarding the embassy move Trump said it was “not an easy decision” and that the U.S. will “see what happens.”
The Trump administration previously issued a Feb. 3 statement lightly condemning Israeli decisions to build more settlements in east Jerusalem saying, “while we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.”
To be clear, I don’t think Trump is going to be anti-Israel. But he sure as hell isn’t going to be the rabidly pro-Israel President some of you all were worried he would be.
He is going to do exactly what he said he was going to do: he is going to make America great again.
He will be cool with Israel so long as they do not interfere with that agenda. And apparently at this point, he views the settlements as bordering on interfering with that agenda.