The next elections in Israel are scheduled for April 9, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing some legal scrutiny as he runs for re-election.
So maybe it’s time for every foreign nation to kind of butt out of Israeli affairs until after the election. But not the US…not the Trump regime. After tweeting his support of Israel’s right to keep the Golan Heights…President Trump sends a high profile delegation to Israel and is ready to host the prime minister on a visit to the US next week.
Should we really be meddling in Israeli elections? I think not, but:
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House’s warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel’s prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign.
The White House meanwhile announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be welcomed in Washington over two days next week with Israel just two weeks from the April 9 polls.
Standing together, neither Netanyahu nor Pompeo made mention of the heated Israeli election campaign. But Netanyahu, facing a tough challenge from a popular former military chief and reeling from a series of corruption allegations , has repeatedly sought to focus attention on his foreign policy record and strong ties with President Donald Trump.
So that tweet about the Golan Heights this past week wasn’t the random thought from the president it seemed on face value…it is instead a very thought out policy to aid PM Netanyahu get re-elected…and provide him with some cover as he faces his own legal and ethical issues at home. Shame on the US on this one.