Netanyahu on Trump’s victory: “I look forward to working with him”

Israeli politicians congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the new US president-elect. “The era of the Palestinian state is over,” said the Israeli Education Minister.

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A few hours after he was declared the new US president-elect, Israeli ministers and MKs started to congratulate Donald Trump today (Wednesday). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Trump is a true friend of Israel.

“President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” Netanyahu wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny. I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

Netanyahu and Trump Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Channel 2 News

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that the outcome of the election shows that America is the largest democracy in the world. “I have no doubt that the relations between the countries will continue and become stronger also during Trump’s presidency,” said Rivlin.

“Trump’s victory is a great opportunity for Israel to immediately announce its intention to withdraw from the idea of establishing a Palestinian state in the heart of the country, which is a direct blow to our security and the justice of our cause,” said Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett. “This is the president-elect’s position as it appears in his platform and that certainly should be our path- salient, simple and clear. The era of the Palestinian state is over.”

Bennett Photo Credit: Facebook/Channel 2 News

Meanwhile, Israeli Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also congratulated Trump: “The American democracy chose to elect a leader who taught the political commentators and skeptics that we are in a new era of change and the replacement of the long-standing ruling elites.”

However, Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On spoke out against Trump’s victory: “Trump built his campaign on supplying fear and hate but I believe that the American democracy will also survive a Donald Trump presidency.”

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