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Bibi’s Party With Trump Is Over

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16.10.2019

In 2016, near the end of U.S. President Barack Obama’s term, there was a strong, almost unanimous feeling in Israel’s security-diplomatic community that “it couldn’t get any worse.” Because anyone who could be elected would certainly be more amenable to the State of Israel in terms of strategy. This feeling was caused by the almost unconcealed hostility and scorn between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the disputes between Washington and Jerusalem over the Iranian nuclear treaty, and Israel’s accusations of U.S. “abandonment” of Iraq in 2011, which enabled the Islamic Sate to establish the “Islamic Caliphate” there.

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The list of disputes also includes the ceding of Syria to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the absence of a sufficient response to the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and in general the soft power approach, which Jerusalem perceived as unsuited to the Middle East, a place where, according to Israel’s government, reality is shaped through force.

The election of President Donald Trump and his early view of Benjamin Netanyahu as a strategic mentor, the abandonment of the nuclear treaty, the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights –........

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