April 19, 2019

Will Trump Turn on Israel After the Midterms?

“November 6th is report card day for the U.S. government. The results of the hotly contested midterm elections will speak volumes to the Trump administration’s prospects moving forward. Many millions of dollars are pouring into the coffers of both major parties for precisely that reason – to either promote or obstruct the president’s agenda for the remainder of his term.

Republicans and Democrats assert equally that their faithful were fired-up by Brett Kavanaugh’s bitter confirmation process for the Supreme Court, but indications are that Donald Trump’s GOP will take a hit. The party controlling the White House traditionally loses seats in the midterm ballot and, indeed, polls are forecasting a Democratic takeover of Congress; Republicans are expected to retain their hold on the Senate.

Among those watching closely to assess the fallout will be Israeli policy-makers. Prominent friends of the Jewish state are heavily invested in the campaign – on both sides of the aisle – and relations between Israel and its chief benefactor and ally stand to be impacted by the outcome.”

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