AFL Congratulates PM Netanyahu and the Likud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early

The president was on a flight to Texas.

Netanyahu cruised to a relatively easy victory this week that secures him a fourth consecutive term in office, and fifth overall.

"I'd like to congratulate Netanyahu". There are around 14 months left until President Trump goes into full campaign mode for his own re-election, and a strengthened Netanyahu will have more leverage than usual to create political realities for Israel's control of Palestinian land. And instead of negotiating, they have pursued unilateral statehood through the United Nations.

Washington's recognition of Jersualem as Israel's capital and the Golan as part of Israel, is a precursor to the US's new and, as yet, secret peace plan that Mr Netanyahu could yet seal as his lasting legacy. Trump had already moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, an outcome long sought by Israel's right.

As for the results, the tie between Likud - led by Benjamin Netanyahu - and the Blue and White alliance - led by former army general Benny Gantz, leader of Hosen L'Yisrael (Israel Resilience Party), alongside Yair Lapid, leader of Yesh Atid, and Moshe Ya'alon, leader of Telem, was in line with the forecasts.

Mr. Netanyahu's campaign against Arab politicians, together with a new alliance with anti-Arab extremists and the passage previous year of a contentious nation-state law, which enshrined Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people alone, deepened calls for an election boycott in Arab communities.

"Congratulations to Prime Minister Netanyahu for an excellent showing in yesterday's national elections", the pro-Israel leader Kurz wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.




He said that the election campaign in Israel "is only to support the settlements and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state so we do not expect much of the results of these elections".

Sputnik: We have 99 percent* of the votes counted; what do you think? "I think we have now a better chance with Bibi having won", he said, referring to Netanyahu, who leads the conservative Likud party, by his nickname. "He's been a great ally and he's a friend".

Henrique Cymerman: I'd say one year, even 1.5 years.

Arab leaders accused Netanyahu of demonizing their sector throughout the campaign. The narrative of the Israeli right is that such trips and close connections prove that the Palestinian question is no inhibitor to Israel's wider integration into the Arab world.

"It is the occupied Palestinians who should have voted, not the Israeli occupiers", he said, adding that the identity of the next Israeli prime minister was "meaningless". We are talking about no less than 400 settlements (housing at least 400,000 settlers), all deemed illegal under global law, as they violate the law of occupation.

The Palestinians demand a full return to the borders that existed before the 1967 war when Israel seized the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

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