The expected end of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run has Washington thinking about the consequences for the United States — and political alliances.
Netanyahu gained support among evangelical Christians, distanced himself from liberal Jewish constituencies, and boasted close ties to former President Donald Trump, the Washington Post noted.
He’s likely to be replaced by conservative Naftali Bennett, who’ll oversee a coalition that includes an Arab party, and he has signaled he wants to take a more unifying approach than Netanyahu, the Post reported.
“Netanyahu worked magic in Washington, but there is no question that he identified himself so much with the Republican Party that he has a big hand in turning many Democrats to what some people might call less pro-Israel,” Shira Efron, an Israeli scholar at Rand Corp. and the Israel Policy Forum, told the Post. “The erosion of the bipartisan support for Israel is on his name.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is predicting bipartisan support for Israel regardless of who is in charge.
“From our perspective, it’s not about an individual, it’s about the relationship,” Graham told reporters Tuesday in Jerusalem, the Post reported.
Democrats, however, appear relieved.
“I really think Netanyahu became an impediment” to bipartisan