Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet with the equally-embattled President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday, in a show of solidarity between world leaders dogged by scandals and investigations.
According to Roll Call, the two are using each other to shore up support in their respective countries — Trump making a pitch for Jewish votes that have eluded him, and Netanyahu needing the support of the U.S. government to hold onto power.
As the report states, “Netanyahu faces indictment on corruption charges, and Trump is being investigated by federal and state law enforcement officials, as well as House Democrats.”
Looking forward to the 2020 election, Trump is looking to broaden his shrinking base and has been attacking Democrats as anti-Semitic hoping to pick up votes, by declaring, “The Democrats have very much proven to be anti-Israel. There’s no question about that. And it’s a disgrace,” I don’t know what’s happened to them, but they are totally anti-Israel. Frankly, I think they’re anti-Jewish.”
As for Netanyahu, he is hanging onto power and has been pleased by the support Trump has given him including coming out in support of recognizing the Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory — breaking with years of U.S. foreign policy.
According to Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group consulting firm, Trump’s declaration was “a big win for Netanyahu with elections coming up.”
Roll Call reports: “Once Netanyahu arrives in Washington, expect the two leaders to gush about one another. The two often call each other friends in public comments, as they did when the Israeli leader visited Washington in February 2017.”
In 2017 Netanyahu praised Trump, claiming, “I’ve known the president and I’ve known his family and his team for a long time. And there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.”
You can read more here.