As much as he tried to hide it, Barack Obama was one of the most anti-Israel presidents that we’ve had in American history.
In fact, back when he refused to veto an anti-Israel U.N. resolution, it was ranked ranked as the most anti-Semitic incident of 2016 by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organization devoted to Holocaust awareness and confronting anti-semitism.
Obama also pushed for a two-State solution between Israel and Palestine, and wanted Israel to return to their pre-1967 borders (in exchange for what? getting mercilessly attacked by Hamas rocketfire?)
The days of throwing Israel under the bus are over with President Trump. He held a joint press conference with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Neyanyahu yesterday, and unlike his meetings with Obama, there wasn’t tension so thick between the two that you could cut it with a knife. The man got along well, and Trump reaffirmed our commitment to Israel.
He summarized that in a mere twelve words: “You’re going to see a lot of love, a lot of love.”
Trump also backed away from the idea of a Palestinian State in the press conference. While the U.S. has long held a commitment to a two-state solution, that’s clearly proven impossible, as the Palestinians have refused to lay down their arms.
Trump did urge Natanyahu to curb construction of Israeli settlements on disputed land, but says “I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like. I can live with either one.”
The days of trying to appease the Palestinians is long over. Right before Obama left office, the last thing he did was try to send the Palestinians over $200 million in aid that had been blocked.
And what did Trump do? Block the payment immediately. That’s just the first action he’ll be taking to undo Obama’s legacy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
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