FROM Chemi Shalev
Diplomacy in Jerusalem, death in Gaza As the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers were killing unarmed protesters in Gaza. Good politics for Trump and Netanyahu, but how long will that last--especially if support for Israel becomes a partisan issue in the U.S.?
Trump's Second Amendment comment and recent Israeli history Donald Trump and his campaign have been trying to explain what he really meant by statements he made at a rally this week. Hillary Clinton's campaign and others are insisting that Trump's comment could incite a deranged supporter to take potentially deadly action. Trump and his aides insist that all he meant was that Second Amendment supporters will be unified against Clinton when they go to the polls. At Republican convention in Cleveland, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie whipped up the audience into a frenzy when he tried Clinton. Columnist Chemi Shalev, who's based in the US for the liberal Israeli paper Ha'aretz , covered the RNC. He says both speeches remind him of a tragic event in his own country.
Hardliner Named Israel's New Defense Minister Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has named Avigdor Lieberman to be Defense Minister -- the second-highest post in the government of Israel. Lieberman is well known for speaking the language of an extremist. He once called for bombing Egypt, recently suggested killing the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip and has opposed prosecution of a soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian. Will he make changes in the country's policies on security? Chemio Shalev is US Editor and a correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Avigdor Lieberman (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver statements to the media after signing a coalition deal to broaden the government's parliamentary majority, at the Knesset in Jerusalem May 25, 2016. Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters
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