An Israeli Iron Dome rocket-defense system, built in partnership with the U.S., stationed in the Golan Heights. Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images.
The strategic relationship between the U.S. and Israel has reached a strange impasse. In important ways, thanks in particular to initiatives by the Trump administration, the two countries have never been closer. In other ways, however, they have never seemed farther apart. This is notably the case with regard to relations with China, America’s most important geopolitical competitor.