Donald Trump's Visit to Israel: Eight Must-read Opinions

Trump's trip to Israel: Haaretz writers weigh in on what the president should - and shouldn't - do during his highly anticipated visit

President Donald Trump takes part in a bilateral meeting with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to Israel has been met with both excitement and trepidation, and has everyone speculating about he will do and what he should try to achieve during his visit. Here are eight must-read opinions from Haaretz's writers:

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As Trump left for his first official foreign trip this weekend, his administration was in full meltdown mode over a series of scandals. But in the Middle East, Ilan Goldenberg writes,optimism about his presidency reigns supreme – from his confrontational approach toward Iran to his plans vis-à-vis Israeli Palestinian peace. Can he keep the good vibes going, and more importantly, stay on-script? 

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Americans living in Israel feel the risks caused by Trump’s disregard for the norms of society and democracy, opines Heather Stone, which is why some of them will be protesting his arrival

Letty Cottin Pogrebin writes that despite her decades-long fight to get the U.S to use its power and influence to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she doesn't want Trump to broker the deal. Here's why.   

Meanwhile, Hiam Tannous and Anat Saragusti, leaders of the Women Wage Peace movement, take the opposite position. On behalf of tens of thousands of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze Israeli women, they call on Trump to help end "our endless war

Rabbi Eric Yoffie suggests that Trump, being nave, ignorant, narcissistically over-confident, just might be the person to finally broker peace in the Middle East. He asks: When everything else has failed, what exactly do we have to lose? 

Daniel Levy wonders whether Trump, with his unorthodox, unpredictable character, can overcome Israel's stonewalling of peace

As Trump’s visit loomed, Netanyahu was sucked into a battle of symbols and gesturing over Jerusalem, Zaha Hassan notes, but Palestinians want substantive action. Can the Trump administration's recent remarks about Jerusalem offer a clue as to what the president is going to do? 

And speaking of Jerusalem, Scott B. Lasensky says there are three ways for Trump to make a difference during his Israel visit, starting with a push back against both those who deny the Western Wall's Jewish connection, and those who deny non-Orthodox Jews' place there.