Middle East

Netanyahu Tells Israelis to Calm Down Over Trump Meeting


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touched down in Washington for what many say will be his “fateful” first meeting with Donald Trump since the latter became the 45th president of the US.

Netanyahu himself sought the blessing of Israel’s chief rabbi before departing, but told Israelis to not get too worked up over the Trump meeting.

Right-wing Israelis especially are anxious over the gathering, hoping that Netanyahu will take advantage of Trump’s sympathy for Israel to end the charade of the land-for-peace process.

And if he doesn’t, Netanyahu could be in for a political firestorm at home.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett wrote on Facebook that if Netanyahu and Trump come out of the meeting and mention a commitment to the two-state solution, “it will impact us directly for years to come. It will be an earthquake.”

Like many Israelis, Bennett sees in Trump an opportunity for Israel to wrest itself free from a destructive peace process that has only brought decades of escalated conflict and bloodshed.

At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu tried to downplay the significance of the meeting a little, insisting that even with a president like Trump, there are limitations.

“I understand that there is great excitement in advance of this meeting, driven by various motivations. But I only have one motivation: My utmost consideration is to ensure Israel’s security and strengthen our relationship with the United States as well as the joint interests that stand behind it,” Netanyahu told his ministers.

“To think that there are no limits with Trump is a mistake,” he added. “After eight years of complicated maneuvering in the Obama era, we need to continue to act judiciously during the Trump era.”

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