It did not take too long for former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro to criticize the Netanyahu administration. Shapiro was heard among the critics of US President Donald Trump and his announced decision to build a border wall to prevent illegals from continuing to cross into the United States.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the decision as a smart one, explaining he did the same to prevent the continued infiltration of illegals into Israel from Africa.
“President Donald J. Trump is right to build the wall. I built one and it works,” was PM Netanyahu’s tweeter message, which prompted Mr. Shapiro to comment. Netanyahu of course was referring to the fence which has brought an end to the infiltration of illegals into southern Israel from Africa via Egypt.
“PM Netanyahu’s top aides told me a key goal in Trump’s era was keeping bipartisan support for Israel. Now this? Hard to explain this intervention on a hotly debated issue in domestic US politics. Unless this endorsement is Trump’s demand of Netanyahu for something Netanyahu wants, the quid pro quo. But for what?”
The former ambassador leaves us thinking that Mr. Netanyahu will receive something for publicly expressing his support.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)