(JTA) — The Trump-Netanyahu alliance that both want you to see can be found in campaign posters in Israel: They feature the president of the United States and the prime minister of Israel in a warm handshake. The slogan reads, “Netanyahu, in a different league.”
But the two are courting comparisons that flatter neither: In the same week that Donald Trump was described as a cheat, con man and racist by his former fixer Michael Cohen at a congressional hearing, Netanyahu learned that Israel’s attorney general intended to seek his indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
The week of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news appears to place the two leaders in a league of their own. But the two are hardly running away from each other.
Trump has strong domestic interests in holding Netanyahu close (besides his own personal tendency to love anyone who loves him back). Peeling pro-Israel voters and donors away from the Democratic Party has become a loud and early theme of the run-up to the 2020 elections among Republicans. The party’s efforts range from parliamentary maneuvering to holding all Democrats responsible for the latest anti-Israel outrages from House backbenchers like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
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