Trump's bond with Israel is forcing Europe to choose sides

In addition, a European official recently warned, “Trump won't be president forever.”
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Donald Trump has proven to be one of the most Israel-friendly US presidents in recent history. Just this month, he made two major moves that were greatly appreciated by the Netanyahu government and aligned many of Washington's foreign policies with stances Netanyahu had been advocating for years: the withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

But these policy shifts have taken their toll on Israel's relations with Europe, which were never great to begin with. European leaders are now being pressured more than ever to take a tougher stance on Israel. The UK, which is considered fairly supportive of Israel, called this week to launch an independent and transparent investigation into recent events along the Gaza border.

On Tuesday, a senior EU official met in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a joint effort to salvage the nuclear deal.

For now, Israel seems rather indifferent to these developments, as it enjoys the unequivocal support of Trump and other White House officials. But, as a senior European official who recently visited Israel said, "Trump won't be president forever."

"Just as nobody imagined that Obama's legacy would be erased so quickly, the same thing could happen in reverse," the official said, urging Israel "not to disregard Europe," Hadashot news reported on Tuesday. "Look at the numbers," he added. "We're still your biggest trade partners. You don't realize how pressured we are from the anti-Israeli public opinion."



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