Trump’s Israel policy has been criticized for measures that deeply favored Israelis over Palestinians, such as moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Palestinians also claim as part of their future capital.
But Trump also presided over historic “normalization” agreements signed between some Arab states and Israel.
“We have to give credit where credit is due,” said Shira Efron, a Tel Aviv-based policy advisor for the Israel Policy Forum, an American Jewish organization that works for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“We can fault Trump for mismanaging the public relations around it. We can question his motivations,” Efron added, mentioning that the deals are linked to arms sales. “But it is possible these agreements could be the start of something positive for the Middle East.”