Israeli Leaders Congratulate Donald Trump

"I urge the prime minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) and the entire government to stand behind the settlements in Judea and Samaria, and announce today the construction of thousands of new housing units, planning and construction of new towns and cities, and to remove the blemish that the previous administration sought to implement - that the settlements are an obstacle to peace", Smotrich said.

"President-elect Trump invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to a meeting in the United States at the first opportunity".

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump pledged Friday to work for a "just, lasting peace" between Israel and the Palestinians, in his first public message on the issue since his upset victory.

President-elect Donald Trump might not move too quickly to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and rip up the Iran nuclear agreement - two actions he promised during his campaign, a top adviser said.

Netanyahu gave no hint of his plans in a short statement congratulating Trump and calling him "a true friend of the state of Israel".

"I am confident that the longstanding friendship and alliance between the United States and Israel will remain strong during Mr. Trump's term in office".

"Trump's victory was not a mistake, and he is not our main problem at the moment".


"Trump's win is an evil prophecy for Palestinian politics", fears Adnan Abu Amer, a political scientist based in Gaza.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also congratulated Trump on winning the election, expressing hope that it would be possible to achieve "peace and justice" during his presidency. "The world has become more violent, more racist and more frightening". "To take Israel out of the "Oslo" perception of a 'Palestinian State, ' to which we have been held captive for 23 years and has brought us only terror, pain, suffering, and a dead end", read a lengthy statement released by Bennett. Israel, on the other hand, has stood in lock-step with the United States on the side of the rebels but, like Russian Federation and Syria, also against the militants.

An advocate for Israel says the Middle East country can depend on support from America's new president.

Also on Thursday, Israelis discussed the prospect of the Trump administration moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, keeping a promise made by Trump earlier this year. "We are going to see a very different relationship between America and Israel in a positive way". He also described President Obama as possibly the "worst thing to ever happen to Israel".

Udi Dekel, the managing director of the influential Institute for National Security Studies think tank and a former negotiator with the Palestinians, had a specific proposal: Israel should ask Trump to recognize the major settlement blocs but not the unauthorized outposts in the West Bank. "If Israeli practices change a lot on the ground, Palestinians will detonate in the face of Israel".

"The Obama administration would have nothing to lose in revealing the fruits of its efforts" behind the failed US-led peace talks in 2014, wrote Sarah Yerkes in a Brookings Institute piece in July.

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