The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has ostensibly ended an eight-year deterioration of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Now it’s time to repair the damage.
To this end, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) is circulating a draft letter to President Trump pledging support for his effort to restore our special relationship with Israel and highlighting five priorities that should guide it.
They’re all no-brainers. But they say that half a brain is worse than none-at-all, so I’ll review them for the benefit of Beltway insiders.
The first is reversing “to whatever extent possible” United Nations resolutions injurious to Israel, a clear reference to Security Council Resolution 2334, orchestrated by the Obama administration last month. In declaring Israeli claims in Jerusalem and elsewhere null and void, Resolution 2334 made it all but politically impossible for Palestinian leaders to accept territorial compromise in the foreseeable future.