West Bank

Trump and Israel

When he was on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump painted himself as an uncritical champion of Israel — meaning he was willing to endorse pretty much anything Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government did, no matter how destructive it might be to the peace process. But with Mr. Netanyahu's first visit to Washington since Mr. Trump's inauguration looming on Wednesday, the new president has moderated his position on some key issues, leaving open at least the possibility that he could be a constructive player in the quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If Mr. Netanyahu is serious about peace, that is.

The Israeli prime minister has...