The Israeli political right was briefly euphoric over President Trump’s unexpected election. The most prominent was the head of the religious-right Jewish Home party, Education Minister Naftali Bennett. The day after Trump’s election, Bennett declared, “The era of a Palestinian state is over.”
Bennett was wrong. It’s his euphoria that is over. With Trump’s outreach to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster’s recent statement that Trump supports “dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians”—which the Right sees as shorthand for a Palestinian state—Bennett has turned violently against the president.
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