Trump’s Foreign Policy on Israel Delivers Results

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readSep 25, 2020

Small concessions, constant negotiations, and the lure of the global marketplace proves a powerful combination.

President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during a bilateral meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Trump has repeatedly claimed to be a champion for the Jewish community in America and abroad, and in four years as president has proven himself to be a great ally of Israel.

In December of 2017, President Trump made the startling announcement that the United States would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, fulfilling a central campaign promise Trump made while running for office.

In May of 2018, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel, U.S. and Israeli officials relocated the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. U.S. presidential administrations have been promising to make this change since 1995 and each has failed to do so.

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph Biden has told voters that, if elected, he would not move the U.S. embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv. However, Biden was opposed to President Trump’s decision, which he called “short-sighted and frivolous.”

In March 2019, Trump announced the United States would officially recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic Golan Heights region, becoming the first country outside of Israel to do so. President Trump’s move resulted in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu naming an Israeli township “Trump Heights” in honor of the American president.

Former vice president Joe Biden claimed President Trump ignores anti-semitism by “not saying a word” when “people are walking into the state legislative body and in front of her driveway carrying assault rifles, Nazi banners and Confederate flags”. Later, Biden told Jewish voters that the 2017 Charlottesville rally which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, was one of the moments that compelled him to make a run for the White House.

“I had not planned on running,” Biden said at a virtual campaign event. “One of the things that got me involved in this race… was when those folks came out of the fields down in Charlottesville chanting,” Biden said. “They were carrying torches, their veins bulging” and they were “chanting the same antisemitic bile that was heard in the streets of Germany in the 1930s.”