Trump is inflicting long-term damage on the U.S.-Israel alliance

Trump is, with Netanyahu’s connivance, exacerbating a dangerous trend.

I supported President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem because that has always been Israel’s capital, and I wasn’t worried that it would harm a “peace process” that was already defunct. The muted reaction to the move across the Arab world — everywhere except in Hamas-controlled Gaza — suggests that it wasn’t as big of a problem as many had feared.

But I strongly disagree with the emerging conservative talking point that Trump “is the most pro-Israel president in U.S. history.” He may be the most closely aligned with Israel’s current government, led by a fellow scandal-plagued right-winger, but that doesn’t mean Trump is safeguarding Israel’s interests. He is, in fact, inflicting long-term damage on the U.S.-Israeli alliance.

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