With a new American president-elect, what is in store for Israel? These are interesting, yet tenuous, days for the Jewish state, for sure. Enduring the remaining 70 days of an American administration that has been less-than-supportive of Israel is the first order of business.
What can possibly happen in 70 days? Plenty! Several days ago, several media outlets broke news that the State Department has been tasked with providing the president with options as to how to deal with Israel between now and the end of his term in office.
First, keep in mind that President Obama considered an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal a “legacy” issue. Throughout his administration he has pressured Israel to cave into demands of the Palestinian Authority. To their credit, they withstood that pressure, while also making efforts to negotiate a peace plan.
Secondly, remember that,while claiming to have done more for Israel than any other administration, our president has consistently treated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with less than respect, particularly over the past 3-4 years.
Now the question arises: Will Obama take one last parting shot at Israel before leaving office? Will he sponsor or allow a UN resolution condemning “settlement construction.” Will he seek formal recognition of a Palestinian state at the Security Council? Will he introduce a resolution at the UN Security Council setting “parameters” for a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians? These (and other) options are thought to be on the list of potential actions the State Department may propose. (Listen to the VP of Foundation for Defense of Democracy explain the situation.)
While I continue to have concerns regarding “President Trump” when it comes to conservative values, there is hard evidence that the new administration appears to be supportive of Israel. It is no secret that VP-elect, Mike Pence, an outspoken Christian, is a staunch supporter of Israel. Both Pence and President-elect Donald Trump have recently made bold statements regarding Israel. Trump also signed on to the ICEJ’s 5 Guiding Principles for Israel prior to the election. Praise God…and let’s pray for our leaders.
Here are statements regarding Israel from our newly-elected leaders:
Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. (Genesis 12:3) May our leaders heed that warning!