‘Trump Make Israel Great’ reads the banner on the deserted hotel next to the new American embassy in Jerusalem. Unlike most of the world population, Israelis regard the US President as a big improvement on Barack Obama. In government, his decision to move the embassy here from Tel Aviv has elevated him to near godlike status. ‘We are very lucky that the strongest kid in the classroom is on our side in this crazy school,’ is how Yoav Galant, Israel’s housing minister, puts it.
There is evidence for Trumpophilia all over the place. Signs proclaiming the US President a ‘friend of Zion’ are dotted around the Holy City and ‘God Bless America’ booms out in restaurants. Even the reports that a shady Israeli intelligence company, Black Cube, spied on the Obama administration have become a source of national pride. ‘It’s our company that all around the world people want to use,’ beams a local journalist.
This is an extract from Katy Balls’ Notes from Jerusalem, which appears in this week’s Spectator