Right now, what US President-elect Donald Trump will actually do vis-a-vis Israel is blurry. But Israeli leaders expect it to come into focus before Trump is sworn into office on 20 January 2017.
Political maneuverings in the international arena almost always means bloodshed. Rarely however, if ever, have internal US politics so openly competed with the blood of foreign combatants. But according to Israeli intelligence source, that is exactly what is happening today.
During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And if he does? The PA threatens to make America 'miserable.'
All three credit ratings agencies have given Israel an A+ credit score; the risk-filled environment of the Middle east is one of the main impediments keeping from Israel being rated higher.
Genuine warmth between Israel's leaders and visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev did not provoke Jerusalem to compromise the nation's mandate to defend itself. Just the opposite. "We are determined to do two things," Netanyahu told Mevedev.
In 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.
Replete with smiles all around, along with symbolic visits to the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is in Israel. Why is he here? Ostensibly, the reason is to strengthen economic ties between Moscow and Jerusalem. But in Medvedev's own words to Russian journalists, the real focus has to do with other pressing matters.
Trump, his campaign and supporters have said a number of things that both encourage and discourage Israelis. Because he lacks a political track record, the consensus here is that what Trump will, in fact, do is unpredictable. As various leaders offered congratulations, their words indicated cautious optimism - and a hope to imprint the President-elect on key issues.
The Kuznetzov Group of Russian warships has arrived. Positioned between Crete and the Turkey-Syrian coast, it begins a "major aeronatics exercise" tomorrow. The transparent goals are to rattle like a snake in the face of NATO and, while the US transitions to a new President, maximize military operations in Syria. As Russia's Prime Minister comes to Jerusalem tomorrow, one message to the Jewish State has to be, "buckle up."
Casting a somewhat jaundiced eye at the U.S. president election campaign, Israelis await news of today's election result with mixed feelings about the candidates, but confidence in the strength of Israel's relationship with the U.S. no matter who wins.