Journalist says a liberal Israeli prime minister could mend relations with US Democrats

Electing a new, more liberal leader to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could help improve relations between Israel and Democrats in the United States, journalist Neri Zilber said in an interview that aired Thursday on "Rising."

"If Netanyahu is unseated, it might be an opening for other politicians, whoever takes over here in Israel, to maybe mend some bridges between Israel and the Democratic Party in Washington and really the vast, vast majority of American Jews who are a lot more liberal and a lot more left-leaning than perhaps the current Israeli government," Zilber, an adjunct fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

He added that regardless of each country's leader, "the U.S.-Israel relationship will endure."

"It's stronger than any two men," he said.

The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, voted last month to dissolve, kicking off a campaign period before elections are held in April.

The impending elections open the door for a possible challenge to Netanyahu, who faces allegations of corruption.

Netanyahu and President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE have enjoyed warm relations since Trump took office. Last year the president was praised by many conservatives when he moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 Julia Manchester