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Trump’s evolving stance on Israel raises questions amid Gaza crisis

Trump's evolving stance on Israel raises questions amid Gaza crisis
By Yagiz Efe Parmaksiz
Apr 7, 2024 8:58 PM

Former US President Donald Trump’s stance on Israel becomes less clear due to ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas as he expressed doubts about Israel’s strategies

Former US President Donald Trump’s position on Israel has become less clear in light of the current battle between Israel and Hamas, raising questions about the extent of his support for the vital US partner. Trump has vocally supported Israel vocally in the past, but his latest comments have been noticeably more circumspect, leading experts to speculate about possible changes in his policy stance.

In two recent interviews, Trump voiced doubts about the strategies used while providing bland judgment on Israel’s aggressive efforts in Gaza. “I’m not sure that I’m loving the way they’re doing it,” he said in a conversation with a conservative radio presenter. In another, he expressed worries about how the dispute was being portrayed negatively in the media.

Trump’s present hesitation is notable, despite his past boasting about his support for Israel, which includes important policy decisions like recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and mediating diplomatic deals through the Abraham Accords. Considering how serious the situation is, it has garnered attention that there have been no overt mentions of the Palestinian civilian fatalities or the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

Observers point out that Trump’s reserved attitude toward the Israel-Gaza conflict is in contrast to his customary aggression in these situations. Senior scholar Danielle Pletka of the conservative think tank AEI describes Trump’s recent remarks as more “punditry” than presidential speech, indicating a divergence from the president’s usual policy-focused language.

There are still unanswered issues regarding the ramifications of Trump’s changing position, including whether it represents a real policy shift or is just a ploy to get attention before the next US presidential election. According to some experts, Trump’s unwillingness to firmly connect himself with one party may be a reflection of the divisive election environment in which he is running against President Joe Biden, who is under fire for how he handled the situation.

Beyond the Israel-Gaza conflict, analysts have noted that Trump has a similarly vacillating stance on other contentious subjects including abortion. By avoiding adopting strong stances, this purposeful ambiguity seems to be a determined approach meant to avoid future political consequences.

Source: AFP

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