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Trump's Syria withdrawal is "disaster" for Israel, leaving it on its own against Iran, supporters say

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Koplow notes that the grand bargain Trump forged between Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States and Israel will also end because of the decision. The Arab states only bought in because they saw the U.S. taking a leading role in the Middle East. But the U.S. is getting out. The supposed benefits of an American presence were the theme of Sen. Chris Murphy's liberal interventionist manifesto on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Israeli politicians have been outspoken on the Kurdish side. Netanyahu condemned Turkey's attack and offered humanitarian assistance to the Kurds. He also warned about the "ethnic cleansing" of the Kurds by Turkey.

Trump's decision was widely condemned by Israeli politicians, per the Times of Israel. Yair Lapid, a leader of Netanyahu's chief rival party, said he joined Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen in "their call to impose sanctions on Turkey and suspend it from NATO in response to any attack on the Kurds in northern Syria."

Former Netanyahu cabinet minister Naftali Bennett emphasized the We're on our own theme: "The lesson for Israel is simple: Israel will ALWAYS defend itself by itself. The Jewish State will never put its fate in the hands of others, including our great friend, the USA."

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