Could Trump’s Hard-Line Support End Up Backfiring for Israel’s Far Right?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting, Jerusalem, March 20, 2016 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting, Jerusalem, March 20, 2016 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).

Ever since Donald Trump won the presidential election in the United States, observers of the Middle East have been nearly unanimous about the ramifications of his presidency for Israel. Trump, they concluded, would help usher in a further consolidation of the Israeli right, dealing another blow to the political center and left, and further worsening Israel’s relations with Palestinians. While that consensus scenario remains highly probable, there is a sharply different possible turn of events that should not be discounted. In fact, there is a significant chance that in the coming months the Israeli center could rise, which would lead, […]

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