OPINION: Not All Israelis Were Happy to See Trump

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 |  Ariel Rudolph

While President Trump was meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night, after a private afternoon visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall, a protest took place outside the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Those protesting were a hodge-podge of different groups varying between green protesters opposing the Trump Administration’s environmental policies to those opposed to the administration’s policy of limiting funding of Planned Parenthood.

One particular group was a mixed Arab / Jewish group advocating that Trump “go home” and leave the region to thrash things out for themselves.

President Trump proved to be an enigma while visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. He quietly acknowledged that both of these sites fell within Israel while saying…. nothing!

This quiet diplomacy really speaks volumes by tip-toeing between the issues without committing to any particular viewpoint or making sweeping statements regarding the sovereignty of any particular party.

President Trump did state that Jerusalem was the Capital of Israel, after the debacle of the “shouting match between Israeli and US Consulate employees regarding Trump’s visit to the Western Wall, before leaving the US. His position could easily be summed up by understanding a little bit of decision making within “Game Theory”.

In Game Theory one can make your opponents reach an assumption, false or not, based on moves you did or did not execute or information you did or did not expose.

His visit to Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as the sites holy to two of the world’s monotheistic religions, was turned into a private visit without any political leaders or representatives present.

He did not visit the “third holiest site” in Islam, despite the fact that Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Koran, but the most holy site to Jews, the Temple Mount.

There is sentiment that Trump, by virtue of his weapon deal to the tune of $110 billion with Saudi Arabia, has betrayed the America's closest ally. Or is it just the case of “the enemy of my greatest enemy is my friend”? Both the Trump administration and the Israeli government have sworn that Iran must never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and Saudi Arabia is on board with this position.

Both administrations have acknowledged that the Obama / Iran nuclear agreement was a “free pass” to nuclear weapons by Obama to the Iranian leadership.

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