(TargetLiberty.org) – Israel and the US have had a complex relationship at times, but for the last five decades, the Jewish homeland has been America’s closest ally in the Middle East. That isn’t always appreciated in Washington – Congress contains some unpleasant anti-Semites – but the Trump administration has worked hard to take our relationship with Israel to the next level. Here are some highlights:
- Within months of being inaugurated, President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In 2018, he moved the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
- In March 2019, Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. That made the US the first, and so far only, country to accept the region as part of Israel. In June 2019, a new settlement in the Golan was named Trump Heights in the president’s honor.
- Under President Trump, Israel declared its first F-35I strike fighters operational. In 2018, the IAF became the first air force to use the F-35 in combat. Trump also expelled Turkey from the F-35 program after President Erdogan’s Islamist regime bought Russian missiles, in a move that threatened Israel’s security.
— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) December 6, 2017
- Trump has scored a series of diplomatic victories in the Middle East and North Africa. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have all recognized Israel as a Jewish state and normalized diplomatic relations setting a pattern for future agreements in the Middle East. As well as reducing regional tension, this blew a huge hole in the “Boycott, Divest, Sanctions” movement loved by western Liberals.
A Democrat administration would probably bend to pressure from the party’s far-left and undo some of President Trump’s good work, perhaps moving the Embassy back to Tel Aviv, but there are things even the Dems won’t undo – peace treaties, for example. After four years of Trump, the US-Israeli relationship is stronger than ever.
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