By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom—
There is one good thing about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria: The move makes it clear to all those promoting the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular do not in fact run the White House.
Yes, this is the most pro-Israel U.S. administration in history. Yes, Trump has taken unprecedented steps for Israel’s benefit. Trump loves Israel, but he will always put America first, just like he said he would. Like any businessman, Trump is interested in making a profit and being able to declare victory before it is too late and despite the risk. There is a real concern Syria left to the ayatollahs in Iran, the dictator in Moscow and the killer in Damascus. In its decision, the Trump administration has sent Israel the message that it will need to deal with the worst players in the region on its own. While this message is a disturbing one, it is in fact how Israel has conducted itself until now. The number of U.S. forces stationed in Syria was fairly small to begin with, and Israel has been operating inside its northern neighbor’s territory as it saw fit and without American assistance.
The timing of the U.S move is not particularly ideal from Israel’s standpoint. Netanyahu and the diplomatic system have been focused in recent days on efforts to enlist international condemnation of Hezbollah and its cross-border terror tunnels. And precisely when these efforts are at their height, the president takes a step that could play into the hands of Hezbollah’s patrons, the Iranian-Syrian axis, and in a disappointing move, Washington has announced this step without demanding anything in return. Continue Reading….