When Donald Trump won the presidential election in the US this past November, many felt he would change the course of US -Israel relations. By the time he was sworn into office some 10 weeks later, hope for a better US-Israel future seemed to turn to 'done deed'.
Trump didn't change his attitudes towards Israel. He looked as if he'd actually do what he told us he'd do.
He'd move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He would start pressuring the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas 'for peace' instead of pressuring only Israel. He would end a long-standing US hostility to Israeli 'settlements' in Judea-Samaria.
Now, we're some 8 weeks into his administration. We've seen some of his actions regarding Israel. Some of us aren't too happy with what we see.
Suddenly, Trump doesn't look like the saviour some called him just 76 days ago, at the beginning of 2017. Suddenly, he's begun to sound like the voice of administrations past.
He's pushed moving the US embassy to a back burner. He's telling Israel to cool it on settlements. He's courting Mahmoud Abbas.
Has Trump been co-opted by an anti-Israel State department? Is he moving closer to Barack Obama's beliefs than towards his pre-election promises?
We don't know. All we have to go on is what we see; and what we see looks distressingly familiar.
Today's cartoon is by Asher Schwartz. it comes from arutzsheva. It seems to capture the questions some have begun to ask about America's new leader:
The Peace Process Rehash:
|Asher Schwartz, jewishpress, March 16, 2017|
Stay tuned, readers. This story has just begun.