Netanyahu touts Trump alliance as elections near

Monday, February 11, 2019
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Benjamin NetanyahuPresident Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have something in common, says the head of a messianic Jewish ministry: both men are fighting enemies who oppose their embrace of nationalism.

With elections coming next month in Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu is hoping his friendship with Donald Trump will be an asset.

Recently Netanyahu's Likud party plastered huge billboards of the two leaders together and launched a Trump-like weekly webcast to counter what it calls the "fake news" industry.

The ad campaign reflects Trump's popularity in Israel in his recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and moving the U.S. Embassy there.

The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, reports the Israeli prime minister is an "embattled" politician due to fractured political alliances and accusations of corruption. 

Trump at Western WallJan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, predicts that Natanyahu will win election but says there is "pushback" in his own country.

"Remember, there's an Israeli left just like there's an American left," she recently told America Family Radio. "And one of things these leftists don't like is when their leaders embrace nationalism. And both Netanyahu and President Trump are ardent nationalists."

Markell says some Israelis compare Trump to King Cyrus, who decreed that the Jews should be allowed to rebuild their temple after their Babylonian activity ended. Some Israelis believe Trump would help Israel re-build the temple, she says.

Israeli elections are scheduled for April 9.

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