“A Trump presidency could be just what the world needs,” Boris Johnson wrote last week in the Daily Mail. I wouldn’t go quite that far. But weighing up whose victory would be better for Britain isn’t easy.
Netanyahu may have said: how would you feel, were you lectured by countries without an independent judiciary, let alone the free press, minority rights and fair elections that we have in Israel?
The Middle East had been entering a period of relative calm, but Putin’s aggression in Europe puts it at risk.
To do so would mean more than staying in step with Trump. For no US administration could accept being bound into a UN system without a veto.
Sunni Arab leaders now recognise that Iran’s aggression represents an existential threat to more than just the Jewish state.
The simple fact is that, despite its lofty goals, it repeatedly fails to live up to the values and standards it was set up to defend.
During the years when the West sought to draw Iran back into the comity of nations, the ayatollahs backed terrorist bombs, cyberattacks, and drone shootings.
Not only are we helping the Kingdom achieve important domestic reforms, it gives us a platform to project our influence in this vital region.
The savage attacks we have witnessed must drive us to work more closely with our regional allies.
Britain must stand up for the West in the Middle East, and our long-standing partnership with this island kingdom is essential to doing so.