If President Trump is determined to be Israel's best friend, he might aim his sights a little lower and deflate the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is the key to resolving the Middle East's many conflicts.
Here we go again. For the third time in three years, Maryland legislators have introduced a bill (SB739/HB949) they claim will hinder the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. If passed, the bill will prohibit individuals or corporations that support BDS from contracting with the state, which plainly violates the First Amendment. This bill is an obvious attempt to stymie political dissent, and it is a waste of time at the taxpayers' expense.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a political conservative in the mold of President-elect Donald J. Trump, seemingly cannot wait for what he envisions to be the dawn of a new America Jan. 20, when Mr. Trump is inaugurated. But that bodes ill for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A Trump-Netanyahu bond will mark a radical change in U.S.-Israeli relations.
In a shot across Israel's bow illustrative of the split in the American Jewish community and for what surely is a first in U.S. politics, Israel's marginalization of the Palestinians has been challenged publicly by no less than a popular U.S. presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Jew.
Recent events in Jerusalem have shown that the Israeli government's strategic calculations are incorrect. They apparently believe that the current status quo is sustainable, and that pursuing any serious changes would only make the situation worse. But it's now become clear that the status quo is dangerous and cannot be maintained, and that Israel's political and security situation is slowly getting worse.