Two weeks before the April election Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.
Netanyahu, Trump Said to Be Mulling Dramatic Diplomatic Gesture
JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in talks with advisers close to US President Donald Trump about the possibility of arranging a dramatic diplomatic gesture ahead of Israel’s September 17 election, according to a report in Israeli daily Haaretz.
One option reportedly being discussed is an American statement of intent for the creation of a “defense pact” with Israel.
Such a “pact” could consist of a statement by Trump that the United States is committed to Israel’s defense, or it could be a more significant declaration by both leaders of their intention to enter into a formal mutual defense agreement at some future date.
The two countries already have very close military and intelligence cooperation, but the idea of a formal defense pact is highly controversial in the Israeli defense establishment due to concerns that Israel’s operational flexibility would be severely limited by such an agreement.