Frustrated US Administration: Israel ‘Missing a Great Opportunity’

U.S. President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben-Gurion International Airport on May 23, 2017. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

 Senior American officials are extremely frustrated over the ongoing political deadlock in Israel. Trump administration officials familiar with American-Israeli relations said in private discussion with Israel Hayom recently that the political stalemate was leading to a significant missed opportunity from Israel’s perspective.

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The officials didn’t expand on the specific steps the administration would currently be taking if there was a government in Israel, but the statements were made in the context of the Middle East peace deal the White House has formulated.

“Israel could have been in a better situation. We could have done much more,” said one of the officials.

The officials emphasized that U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and outgoing special U.S. Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt care about Israel, have already done a great deal for the Jewish state since Trump took office and would like to continue doing so.

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