דונלד טראמפ בנימין נתניהו חתימת הסכם השלום בין ישראל לאיחוד האמירויות בבית הלבן
US President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo: MCT
Israeli supporters of Trump wave flags as they drive on a Highway on their way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Loved or hated, Trump stamped his face on the Mideast conflict

Analysis: U.S. president polarized opinions all over the world, but no more so than in Israel - where many view him as a hero - and the Palestinian Territories - where he is almost unanimously perceived as a villain

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Published: 11.08.20 , 20:44
"God Bless You Donald and Melania" read the poster hanging over an Israeli highway during the U.S. election campaign. In nearby Palestinian areas, anti-Trump graffiti adorned walls.
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  • Perhaps nowhere outside his own country did President Donald Trump polarize opinion more than in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, where to many he was either hero or villain.
    Israeli supporters of US President Donald Trump wave flags as they drive on a Highway on their way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel, 27 October 2020 Israeli supporters of US President Donald Trump wave flags as they drive on a Highway on their way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel, 27 October 2020
    Israeli supporters of Trump wave flags as they drive on a Highway on their way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
    (Photo: EPA, AP )
    Israel treasures its ties with leaders of the United States, traditionally the country's closest ally. But Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had an especially close public relationship.
    That bond meant Trump's face was everywhere in Israel. His image even adorned Netanyahu's own election posters and featured prominently on the Israeli premier's Facebook page."Trump Heights" was the name given to a new settlement in the Golan Heights, after he recognised Israel's claim to sovereignty over the plateau that was captured from Syria in a 1967 war.
    דונלד טראמפ בנימין נתניהו חתימת הסכם השלום בין ישראל לאיחוד האמירויות בבית הלבןדונלד טראמפ בנימין נתניהו חתימת הסכם השלום בין ישראל לאיחוד האמירויות בבית הלבן
    U.S. President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Photo: MCT)
    Trump's name also adorns the wall of the U.S. Embassy he moved to Jerusalem in 2018.Such decisions infuriated Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as a future capital and considered Trump's backing for Israel as undermining their own goal of statehood.
    Palestinians had no political contacts with Trump for most of his presidency.The animosity between Trump and the Palestinian leadership made him a target of protest art.
    Palestinians in Bethlehem burn a banner depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest Israel’s decision to withhold tax revenue owed to the PA, Feb. 19, 2019 Palestinians in Bethlehem burn a banner depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest Israel’s decision to withhold tax revenue owed to the PA, Feb. 19, 2019
    Palestinians in Bethlehem burn a banner depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Photo: Getty Images)
    Huge Trump images - one of the U.S. leader embracing an Israeli watchtower - have been painted on the Israeli military wall that cuts through the occupied West Bank, joining other acerbic political graffiti sprayed on by Palestinians.
    "Dear Slim, I wrote you but you still ain't calling," wrote one graffiti artist, channeling U.S. rapper Eminem, above a Trump portrait in Bethlehem. "I left my cell, my pager and the White House phone at the bottom."
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