May 18, 2017

Trump's visit to Israel should be easy. He's made it hard.

By Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Vox

Journalist(s) Sarah Wildman

In just a few short months, Donald Trump has already damaged his relationship with Israel so badly that what should have been a victory lap through one of America’s closest allies will instead be a march through a minefield of the president’s own making.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When Trump chose to include Israel among his first foreign destinations, he surely assumed Jerusalem would be the easiest leg of a grueling nine-day, multi-country foreign sweep: the fulfillment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s deepest desires with the arrival of a sympathetic-minded Republican president, a chance for an easy Trump administration win, and a celebration of shared vision.

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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...