Donald J. Trump has consistently expressed his strong support for the state of Israel and its citizens since his election in 2016. The United States’ commitment to its ally in the Middle East will be unwavering under Trump’s leadership, as Trump made plain to everyone from the outset. President Trump has reestablished ties with one of America’s most significant allies in the region by, among other things, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, brokering historic peace agreements like the Abraham Accords, and pursuing a hardline stance against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. These are just a few examples.
During their eight years in office, President Obama and Vice President Biden handled important issues with Israel very differently than their predecessor. Worse still, they actively harmed US-Israeli relations by employing strategies like postponing or canceling weapons shipments at critical moments, calling for an immediate end to Operation: Cast Lead in response to Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, and pursuing an anti-Israel measure at the end of their term that involved paying off and appeasing Iran with large sums of money.
Our present administration appears more committed than ever before to promoting peace and stability throughout both Palestine and Israel, which is, fortunately, thanks in part to President Trump’s consistent support for Israel. He also cut off aid to the Palestinians that had been used to finance terrorism, something that previous administrations had simply refused to do out of fear or political correctness. He did this in addition to signing bilateral trade agreements between the two countries on various topics such as cyber security and natural gas exploration.
This does not imply, however, that things have gone smoothly since Trump took office. There have undoubtedly been many challenges along the way, most recently Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s abrupt decision to delay parliamentary elections last month after he had previously failed three times to form a coalition government after election day in April 2019. But despite this setback, President Trump’s pro-Israeli policies continue to be upheld on the worldwide scene and contribute to strengthening what is already one of America’s strongest allies.
It is clear by any standard that Donald J. Trump has made great strides toward restoring diplomatic ties between Washington D.C., Tel Aviv, and beyond like never before seen in history, from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city to admitting newly accepted immigrants into Israel through a special visa system to becoming only the third country ever to do so after Guatemala and Honduras.