Trump can’t be expected to be more hawkish on Israel than the Israeli prime minister – even if his choice for ambassador to Jerusalem, David Friedman, is.
A senior political observer recently compared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a piece of cooked spaghetti. If you try to push the piece of spaghetti with your finger, it won’t move. But you’ll be able to change its shape a bit if you nudge it.
In other words, Netanyahu doesn’t like being pushed around – but it’s possible to influence him.
This is what the leaders of the Ma’aleh Adumim First campaign, with Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett at the fore, seem to have in mind, while keeping an eye on January 20.
January 20, of course, is the day of US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, a day to which both Netanyahu and Bennett have made clear they are looking forward. Continue reading