“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu,” said Trump after nearly complete results put the incumbent premier in position to form a coalition.
Trump predicted a boost to his administration’s promised plan for a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The fact that Bibi won, I think we’ll see some pretty good action in terms of peace,” Trump said.
“Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with
Nearly complete results in the tight election put Netanyahu in position to form a narrow parliamentary majority with a coalition of right-wing and religious parties, allowing him to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.
Trump has enthusiastically backed Netanyahu, making controversial gestures of support to the hawkish leader, including recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the occupied
The US peace plan has been long in the making but little detail has emerged about what it might propose.
Palestinian leaders have already indicated they are deeply skeptical, given Trump’s all-out support for Netanyahu.
On Tuesday, US secretary of state
This followed Netanyahu’s declaration that he could annex Jewish settlements built in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian