Netanyahu Trump Montage Photos GPO and YNet video screenshot LOGOIn the opinion of Israeli officials, what does the election of Donald J. Trump mean for the Jewish State? The bottom line is that he is a mystery, and Israelis don't like mysteries or surprises.


There is one thing about which all of Israel's high-ranking officials agree: Trump is a mystery. On the one hand, he is a big lover of Israel. On the other, there is no way to tell how he is going to act.

Among Israeli officials who know Trump well, there is a consensus: Trump is completely pro-Israel; he will be an ally in the fields of security, politics, and economics. He also understands the economic complexity which Israel faces, and is connected to Israeli businesspeople—particularly those involved in real estate.

Many of his friends are Jewish, and he has unbridled warmth towards Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel.

Not everything is rosy, however.


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These same officials also describe Trump as impulsive, impossible to predict, and with a tendency to quarrel with the people with whom he works.

As one official said, "alongside the enormous affection Trump has towards Netanyahu and Israel, we can't rule out a scenario whereby Trump uses Israel as a bargaining chip with other countries, with Russia for instance."

In other words, he will put America's interests first.

Jerusalem heard his words loud and clear when he said that Israel would need to pay for the security assistance the country receives from the US. He went back on this statement, but the red flags have been raised.

What is more, no one can be sure if Trump will keep the various promises he made to Israel, including moving the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, canceling the Iranian nuclear agreement, increasing US security aid, or recognizing the annexation of the settlements.

Israeli officials say that Trump will not rush to try and make an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. His foreign policy interests have more to do with trade deals between the US and China and the US and Latin America.

BUT, when Trump finally decides to get himself involved in the peace process, it will likely be an all or nothing affair.

He is likely to announce that he can solve the conflict and get the two sides to come to an agreement. On the other hand, Trump's aides have promised that the president elect will not impose an agreement on Israel.

But how will Trump react to localized escalations of violence? The answer is unclear. The possibility that Trump will rebuke Israel over its use of force in one instance or another cannot be denied.

Bottom line: Trump is a mystery, and Israelis don't like mysteries or surprises.

The head of the Trump campaign in Israel, Tzvika Brot, is also unsure as to whether or not the president-elect will fulfill all the promises he made, but he has no doubts about one thing: Trump's victory is good for Israel.

Brot says that Trump's stance on unilateral concessions is unequivocal, and that he will be tough on Israel's enemies while continuing to stand behind Israel at the UN — a lot more so than Obama did. Brot also said that Trump will be friendly to any government in Israel, regardless of whether it stands on the left or the right.


This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by YNet News at,7340,L-4877198,00.html

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