By Mike DeBonisThe Washington PostThe New York TimesThe Associated PressAssociated Press1st February 2019 14:15:03America’s two most important trading partners are Israel and the United States.
Both countries are under pressure from the international community to act to curb illegal immigration and to crack down on corruption.
They have long struggled to find a consensus on how best to tackle their mutual problems.
Now, as Trump prepares to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United State, the two countries are in a standoff over a new round of trade deals, including one with Israel that is set to enter into force on Feb. 1.
The deal would allow Israel to export to the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
That is likely to set off fierce competition in the world’s largest trading partner, with both countries pushing to boost exports to the other.
Trump has promised to impose a 50 percent tariff on all American imports.
The American president also wants to impose tariffs on goods made in China and impose duties on products from Mexico, a country that the U.S. and Israel are in the midst of a trade war over.
The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging both sides to avoid a conflict.
In a sign of how little the two sides agree, Trump told reporters last week that he is considering tariffs on a range of American products to make sure they do not undercut American producers.
“I have made it very clear that I want to make the United, the United Nations and the whole world aware of the fact that we are a trade nation and that I am not going to allow any country to take advantage of us,” he said.
“So, I am looking at tariffs.”
Trump’s administration is working to secure the deal, and a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Netanyahu has “firm plans” to make it happen.
The U.K. and Canada have been pushing to pass their own trade deals with Israel.
Both countries have large populations in Israel and want to ensure their own industries are not undercut by American products.
Israel has already been pushing for its own deals with the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
Both are facing pressure from Washington, which has imposed sanctions on a number of Israeli products, including dairy products and cars.
U.S.-Israeli relations have been rocky ever since the Obama administration lifted some of those sanctions after a 2014 attack on the Israeli embassy in the United Egypt that killed American ambassador Ron Dermer.
Trump was not elected president but has made it a top priority to improve ties.
The United States and Israel have signed a number other trade deals.
They signed a deal in November that allowed American beef and pork producers to import European products into the United $tates.
The other major deal is a trade pact that is part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, which Trump and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu are trying to finalize.
The deal would establish an Asian-Pacific free trade zone and establish free trade zones in the Middle East and Central Asia.
It is not yet clear how the new deal would affect Israeli-U.K.-Canadian relations.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he will not sign a trade deal with the U,K.
or Canada, saying he wants to keep the United Kingdons dairy industry in Israel.
But the two governments are likely to agree on a deal that does not include dairy.
The two sides have also been locked in a war of words over a dispute over Israeli construction.
Netanyahu, who was elected in June to a third term as prime minister, has accused Obama of being too friendly to Israel and is demanding more money from the United states to rebuild its military.
Trump, who has praised Netanyahu as a friend, has said that if Israel wants to negotiate a deal with U. S. and European countries, he is willing to give them a larger share of his economic gains.
The United States is Israel’s second-largest trading partner and is the third-largest exporter of goods to the U and third-biggest exporter to Canada.
Upholding the deal could help the two leaders make peace over their long-running feud, though they have clashed repeatedly.