President Donald Trump last week asked Israel to "hold back" on settlement construction. Trump also said "the Israelis have to show they really want to make a deal," and while saying that the parties themselves must directly negotiate an agreement, he said that other Arab countries would be invited to help with negotiations "to make it easier on the Palestinians." I wonder if that's what our Republican friends expected.
Jake Turx, a Jewish reporter from Ami Magazine, got his first chance to ask President Trump a question at the press conference yesterday. The question concerned an increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric and how the Trump administration is planning to take care of it. Before Turx could finish his question, Trump cut him off, presuming the question would tie him with anti-Semitism.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Trump on Feb. 15. Netanyahu's disgraceful support for Trump's wall with Mexico, which could weaken bipartisan support for Israel, makes it even more important to distinguish between Israel's current leaders and Israel itself and to help others make that distinction. This is a critical moment for pro-Israel advocacy.