Eight months before he was elected president of the United States, Donald Trump promised the most powerful group in the Israeli lobby in his country that he would dismantle the nuclear agreement with Iran and lead Washington’s embassy to Jerusalem, “the eternal capital of the Jewish people.”
“When I’m president, the days of treating Israel as a second-class citizen will be over,” Trump said in that March 2016 speech.
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Immediately, a standing ovation toured the United States-Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference, with thousands of attendees in Washington courted by Trump in the middle of his campaign.
Now in the government, Trump seems determined to show that he keeps those promises.
The president said in October that he would avoid re-certifying the agreement with Iran signed by his predecessor Barack Obama and five other world powers.
And this week, Trump announced his decision to officially consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there, something that surprised the world and raised tension in the Middle East.
This decision, a switch with regard to the foreign policy that Washington followed by more than half a century, and for some it confirms the weight or power of groups pro-Israel like Aipac on the world.
“It is a sign of the continuing influence that these groups have on US policies towards the Middle East,” says Stephen Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard University and co-author of the controversial book “Israeli Lobby and Politics,” to BBC World. outside of the United States. “
So, how far does or will that power of that lobby in Washington go?