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Trump presidency and idiosyncrasy and unpredictability is causing mixed feelings of dread, jubilation, pessimism, and optimism along the entire spectrum of Israeli politics. The Israeli right—with its pro-settlement, anti-two state solution agenda—has considered Trump a natural ally and expressed enthusiasm about him throughout the campaign. Trump’s official position on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict might as well have been written by the current hawkish Israeli government. His style of incitement against minorities of all kinds, which has been unusual in its explicitness in the U.S. context, resonates with the rhetoric and tactics used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition allies from the right in their own election campaigns. Clearly, he displays the kind of personalistic, populist, and intolerant style perfected by majoritarian leaders with illiberal, centralizing, authoritarian tendencies—such as Erdogan and Netanyahu—in the few existing Middle Eastern democracies.

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Trump prscidency and idiosyncrasy and unpredictability is causing mixed feelings of dread, jubilation, pessimism, and optimism along the entire spectrum of Israeli politics. The Israeli right—with its pro-settlement, anti-two state solution agenda—has considered Trump a natural ally and expressed enthusiasm about him throughout the campaign. Trump’s official position on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict might as well have been written by the current hawkish Israeli government. His style of incitement against minorities of all kinds, which has been unusual in its explicitness in the U.S. context, resonates with the rhetoric and tactics used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition allies from the right in their own election campaigns. Clearly, he displays the kind of personalistic, populist, and intolerant style perfected by majoritarian leaders with illiberal, centralizing, authoritarian tendencies—such as Erdogan and Netanyahu—in the few existing Middle Eastern democracies.Trump presidency and idiosyncrasy and unpredictability is causing mixed feelings of dread, jubilation, pessimism, and optimisalong the entire spectrum of Israeli politics. The Israeli right—with its pro-settlement, anti-two state solution agenda—has considered Trump a natural ally and expressed enthusiasm about him throughout the campaign. Trump’s official position on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict might as well have been written by the current hawkish Israeli government. His style of incitement against minorities of all kinds, which has been unusual in its explicitness in the U.S. context, resonates with the rhetoric and tactics used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition allies from the right in their own election campaigns. Clearly, he displays the kind of personalistic, populist, and intolerant style perfected by majoritarian leaders with illiberal, centralizing, authoritarian tendencies—such as Erdogan and Netanyahu—in the few existing Middle Eastern democracies.