söndag 18 augusti 2019

Trump kan bli en belastning för Israel

Herb Keinon analyserar i Jerusalem Post Israels beslut inte låta kongresskvinnorna Rashida Tlaib och Ilhan Omar resa in i Israel.
Hans slutsats blir att Israel och dess nuvarande och kommande premiärminister helt enkelt inte kan säga nej när USA:s president Trump ber dem om stöd.
Man måste kallt räkna med att trots att Israel förlorar i anseende när man vägrar inresetillstånd till kvinnorna skulle kostnaden bli ännu större om man går emot Trumps önskemål.
Trump använder Israel i det inrikespolitiska spelet mot det demokratiska partiet och i längden kommer detta antagligen att kosta Israel mycket, kanske mera än det skulle kosta att gå emot Trump.

"...Trump is not asking for concessions from Israel; Trump is demanding political support from Netanyahu. Trump will ask for the same bear hug from Netanyahu in the run-up to the US presidential 2020 elections that he himself has extended to the prime minister.

And Netanyahu, because of everything the president has done positively for Israel – plus the political support Trump has given him personally – simply cannot say “no”.

Trump’s political need at the moment is to present the far-left Omar and Tlaib, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, as the face of the Democratic Party. The party leadership may oppose their attitudes and dislike their positions, they may be far from the mainstream, but Trump’s goal is to turn them into the Democratic Party. And one way to do that is to force the Democratic Party, and its leaders to rally around them.

Which is exactly what happened last week.

When Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said on July 19 that Israel would allow the two congresswomen to visit, he was articulating Israel’s policy – it would be a problematic visit, they would use their platform to bash Israel, the country would endure five days of bad press and then the caravan would move on.

But Trump wants Israel to keep the women out because this would – as it has – forced the Democrats to come to their defense. And that serves his political interests...."

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Twitter Donald J Trump:
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

What Omar, Tlaib were going to do on their thwarted trip to Jerusalem, West Bank

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