Relations between the United States and Vladimir Putin have worsened because of Putin’s aggression in Ukraine and mounting evidence of Putin’s intervention in the U.S. election.
Relations between the United States and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu also have worsened, as Netanyahu continues to allow the building of settlements in the West Bank — thereby killing off the possibility of a Palestinian state in the formerly occupied territories.
Enter Donald Trump, who is egging on both men against the positions of the United States. Which means that after January 20, both Putin and Netanyahu will feel even less constrained.
Last Friday, after the United States allowed a U.N. resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Trump tweeted: “The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu replied “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel!”
Trump is already trying to influence American foreign policy — in dangerous directions.