Trump received veteran Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington this week. On the surface it was all smiles and friendship after Netanyahu’s “difficult years” with Obama. But not everything went smoothly, and it is appropriate to assess the hidden truths behind the supposedly idyllic meeting.
Sure, it was a meeting between friends. Both are ultra-right-wing, racist nationalists who lie easily. They are demagogues and threaten the future of their respective peoples. Indeed, in the case of the U.S. president, the threat perhaps is global.
Trump arrived at the meeting after having to dismiss the problematic National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn (esteemed by Netanyahu).
At the happy press conference, the U.S. president played the role of a “friend.” But Trump knows very little about the Middle East conflict and treated poor Netanyahu with condescension, praising him and calling him a person who “knows how to negotiate a deal.”