Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was determined that the world would know Iran had violated its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, but he was stingy with the truth. In his recent news conference, Netanyahu addressed Iranian positions from before the agreement was signed and did not supply proof that Tehran had not fulfilled the terms of the deal. Nonetheless, if US President Donald Trump is to be believed, the warmed-over leftovers Netanyahu fed him removed any doubts he might have had about the need to pull out of the deal. And most Israelis are cheering their leader.
Netanyahu is determined for the people of the world to know that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital, and most importantly for the Israeli people to know which Israeli leader made the world’s biggest superpower move its embassy there in recognition of that fact. That effort, too, has gone well for him. On May 14, Netanyahu will celebrate the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Most Israelis will join him. According to the Peace Index compiled by the Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute, 68% of Jewish Israelis regard the move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a positive step for Israel’s interests, although the Palestinians view it as a severe blow.