Trump and Israel: Exploiting a Partisan Divide for Political Gains.

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Author: Amnon Cavari
Date: Spring 2022
From: Israel Studies(Vol. 27, Issue 1)
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 9,095 words
Lexile Measure: 1680L

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During his 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump vowed to change U.S. priorities and strengthen his administration's relationship with Israel and its government. As president, Mr. Trump carried through his campaign promises: He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem; he recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights; he withdrew the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal; he cut funding for the Palestinians; took unilateral supportive actions at the U.N. and promoted peace negotiations between Israel and Arab countries in the region. The article reviews these measures as strategic partisan tools used by Donald Trump to fulfill commitments to his base and to appropriate issues which had long been avoided as partisan. In appropriating them for his own political gains, the former president tapped into and increased the ongoing partisan divide over Israel which may well become an irreversible trend. Keywords: US-Israel Relations, US Public Opinion, Party Polarization, President Trump

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