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But is it good for Israel?

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In the recent election, American-Israelis voted 70%-30% for President Trump, the converse of how American Jews voted. That tells you Israelis value the president’s accomplishments abroad, feats which are not high priority for most Jews in the US. Under Trump, the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem, quit the Iran nuclear deal, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, declared that Israeli “settlements” beyond the 1949 Armistice lines are not illegal, endorsed, in principle, an Israeli annexation of up to 30% of the West Bank, and brokered normalization agreements with three Arab states under the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement. All of these accomplishments deal with reality in the Middle East, not some tired, fanciful panacea about the necessity for a State of Palestine to allow peace in the Middle East.

In addition, the outgoing Secretary of State Pompeo said, while in Israel on November 20, that the State Department would henceforth consider BDS, the anti-Israel boycott movement, to be anti-Semitic (Jew-hating in my parlance). Furthermore, the State Department would immediately start cracking down on its activities, including withdrawing government funding for groups affiliated with BDS. This is very important because BDS is antisemitic according to Natan Sharansky’s 3D test. (See Appendix.)

A few hours later, Pompeo made history by becoming the first US top diplomat to visit a West Bank settlement, albeit as a private citizen. The secretary and his wife had lunch at the excellent Psagot Winery, at which time Pompeo announced another seemingly dramatic US policy reversal, saying that all settlement goods imported to the US shall be marked as “Product of Israel”........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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