“Just watch the vice president’s recent trip to Israel—a mutual lovefest like nothing I’ve ever seen in some 40 years of watching American leaders interact with their often irascible Israeli counterparts. Mike Pence’s trip was less important for what it accomplished than what it reflected and represented: Under Trump: the U.S.-Israel relationship has undergone a transition from a valued special relationship to one that’s seemingly exclusive. The need for “no daylight” between the U.S. and Israel used to be a talking point wielded by staunchly pro-Israeli supporters against Democratic and Republican presidents alike; Trump has turned it into official policy, and many foreign policy hands worry that the U.S. interest is being lost in the process. …”
Haaretz puts it this way: Mike Pence’s Zionist Sermon at Knesset Casts Him as Hero of Israel, Horseman of Trumpacolypse
“U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gave one of the most unabashedly Zionist speeches – perhaps sermon is the better word – ever heard in the Israeli Knesset, and not just by a foreign statesman. Views and reviews of the extraordinary speech, therefore, will be in the eye of the beholder. For Israelis, it was as ringing an endorsement of the Zionist enterprise as one could pray for, as well as an unapologetic affirmation of practically unconditional U.S. support. For messianic Jews and Evangelicals, like Pence, the speech was a confirmation that momentous days are here again, with sounds of rapture and signs of the Messiah. …”
This is what happens when our interests are defined as being synonymous with Republican electoral politics. We end up becoming nothing more than another captive voting bloc that is pumped and dumped during election cycles to advance Sheldon Adelson’s Zionist agenda.
As our meetings ended in the Middle East, Karen and I had the privilege to pray at the Western Wall and to pay our respects at Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jewish martyrs of the Holocaust & marvel at the faith and resilience of the Jewish people. #VPinIsrael pic.twitter.com/l4Ux5pppwy
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 24, 2018