A Washington Post analysis states that President Donald Trump's warm embrace of Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will actually do the Jewish state more harm than good.
Netanyahu, who clashed publicly with former President Barack Obama over a range of issues, greeted Trump with much enthusiasm, and the White House has said it is considering the relocation of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something long sought by Israel.
This is something which previous U.S. administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have refused to do, considering that the dispute over the Holy City is one of the main issues in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The White House also did not criticize Israel's announcement this week of 2,500 new Jewish homes in areas captured in the 1967 Six Day War, something that previous American administrations from both parties would condemn as unhelpful to the peace process.
Support for a two-state solution to the conflict has been the cornerstone of American policy for both Democrats and Republicans, but it appears that may be changing with the Trump administration.
That would be welcome by many right-wing elements within the Israeli government, which insists establishing a Palestinian state would be an unstable, corrupt and terrorist entity that would endanger Israel.
But more dovish Israelis, along with liberal American Jews, say the demise of any hope for a peaceful solution to the dispute would guarantee perpetual conflict from disgruntled Palestinians and make it more difficult for Israel to survive long term as both a democracy and Jewish state.
The Washington Post analysis contends that a bear hug from Trump would not change the opposition of the international community to Israeli actions they see as unilateral and harmful to peace, thus further isolating Israel among the nations of the world.
According to this logic, Trump's "carte blanche" backing of Israel could also lead to a situation where Israel's long-standing solid bipartisan support in the U.S. could erode and become an ever-widening partisan split.
This in turn would dramatically harm Israel's ability to stand strong in a difficult neighborhood, which would not be in the interests of the Jewish state.
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