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Was Bibi Pushed?

US President Donald Trump holds up a signed Proclamation on the Golan Heights alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019.... US President Donald Trump holds up a signed Proclamation on the Golan Heights alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. - US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a border area seized from Syria in 1967. "This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 15, 2019 3:01 p.m.

I think TPM Reader JG is right that I may have missed an element of this. It doesn’t change the big picture. Israel’s relationship is with the U.S., not the Republican Party or Donald Trump. So they are responsible for what they do and the repercussions it has for the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

I’m still a bit unclear on the precise mix of push and pull. I suspect Netanyahu’s caretaker government was divided. But Trump does seem to have pushed them over the edge. They had earlier signaled they would okay the visit. Trump was reported to have been pushing them to deny entry. Overnight unofficial reports said Israel was moving toward denying entry. Then after Trump’s tweet, and seemingly in response, they made it official.

From TPM Reader JG

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