AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish commented on the Trump administration’s relationship with Israel for CNN, noting that “They both know the likelihood is that in the long run there will be tensions and an argument.” He continued, “But for now, there are no major issues between them. It’s going to be a honeymoon.”
Ibish also addressed the possibility of normalized relations with the Gulf Arab states and Israel: “They’ve got to be able to sell their closeness to Israel to their own domestic politics as, among many other good things, something that’s helpful to the Palestinians. The idea that Israel wouldn’t have to do much on the Palestinians and have major progress with the Gulf states, that’s a misread of the political dynamics.”
Speaking with CGTN, Ibish discussed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit with U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
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