As people around the world await the final results of the US Presidential election, our hope—regardless of who wins—is that, the next administration will continue to support Israel and rightfully recognize Judea and Samaria as part of Israel.
Since President Trump took office in 2017, United States policy regarding Israel has changed considerably. Mr. Trump has continually done the right things when it comes to Israel, going against the so-called "conventional wisdom" of the establishment.
He was the first President to make good on his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital; He appointed a strong pro-Israel advocate, Nikki Haley, as ambassador to the UN where she constantly spoke out against anti-Israel bias in that body; President Trump also ended financial assistance for the Palestinian Authority until they halt the practice of paying terrorists, pulled the U.S. out of the Iran deal and reinstated sanctions, recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel, and last year reversed decades-old policy by recognizing the legality of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria.
The US is now set to take action for the first time on its declaration that settlements in Judea and Samaria are not illegal, by expanding scientific cooperation agreements with Israel that will include Judea and Samaria as well as the Golan Heights. The agreement marks the end of a US ban on taxpayer funding for research in Judea and Samaria. This is a momentous step as the US would no longer only recognize Jewish cities and communities in Judea and Samaria but also take explicit action towards this recognition.
A day later, the State Department announced it would allow Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other official documents.
Yet despite all of these wonderful developments, it appears likely that for at least the next four years, the United States will be governed by a Biden administration that has campaigned on undoing much of the good accomplished by President Trump.
And there still remains much more to be done. Israel has not received the support of the United States to apply sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. The peace agreements brokered by the US between Israel and Arab countries become fragile and new relationships become difficult to achieve without US backing.
As supporters of Israel in these days of uncertainty, we must stand firm in our commitment to the Jewish State. Now it is clearer than ever before that we must constantly be active, vocal in our support for Israel in the coming months and years.