Trumps one-sided approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hurts Israel and makes any peace agreement harder to achieve.
By Dov Waxman | The Times of Israel | Oct 20, 2020
By favoring Israel so much, and by trying to punish and pressure the Palestinian leadership, Trump has only angered and alienated Palestinians.
Recent polls show that Israelis strongly prefer President Trump to his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. The reason for this is obvious. Many Israelis, specifically Jewish Israelis, think that Trump has been the most ‘pro-Israel’ president in modern times. That’s why he’s so popular in Israel—there are even city squares named after him and an Israeli settlement on the Golan Heights that bears his name.
It’s easy to understand why Israelis, especially those on the right, believe that Trump has been so good to Israel. Over the past four years, Trump has repeatedly professed his unswerving support for Israel and flaunted his friendship with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu—who has often hailed Trump as the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House. Trump has also demonstrated his pro-Israel bona fides through a series of controversial actions, like recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the American embassy there, recognizing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, cutting U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority, and introducing an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that’s heavily skewed in Israel’s favor (for instance, by allowing Israel to annex a third of the West Bank and every Israeli settlement there).