Israel PM seeks re-election with pledge to annex West Bank settlements

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected

Weil, who wore a blue Trump-style hat that read, "Making Israel & America Great Again", says he's a Republican because of the party's strong stance on Israel. Both moves delighted Israel, infuriated Palestinian and Arab leaders, and were opposed by most US allies. "I am going to extend (Israeli) sovereignty and I don't distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlements".

US President Donald Trump justified his decision to cut aid to 3 central American countries.

When Trump asked the crowd who they thought would win, they replied with cheers of "Bibi", Netanyahu's nickname.

Trump has teased the long-promised USA peace proposal as the "deal of the century", but it will undoubtedly be as Netanyahu-sided as everything else the Trump administration has done when it comes to Israel.

"Netanyahu's supreme and indeed only imperative will be to cobble together an indictment coalition: one that will make it possible for him to continue to serve even after the hearing and after he's indicted", political analyst Yossi Verter wrote in the liberal Israeli daily Haaretz on Friday.

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator and a close aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: "Israel will continue to brazenly violate global law for as long as the worldwide community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump Administration's support and endorsement of Israel's violation of the national and human rights of the people of Palestine".

The president's comments were referring to anti-Semitic tropes made by Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

Trump criticized some 2020 Democrats who have suggesting they would re-enter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which Trump withdrew the United States.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race. Trump is closely aligned with Netanayu, who's seeking to return power in Tuesday's national election.

But he's facing major opposition from his former army chief of staff, Benny Gantz.

Despite his criticism of Democrats, Trump has faced his own criticism from the Jewish community.

In remarks delivered via satellite, Netanyahu said, "Take it from this Benjamin, it's not about the Benjamins!"

Trump says in a speech at the group's annual meeting in Las Vegas that he's grateful to members for "your incredible support and your outstanding commitment to our country to our safety and to electing more Republicans".

Trump met privately with Adelson before speaking, according to an official.

Citing a law passed a year ago declaring Israel the nation state of the Jewish people, he said recently the country was "not a state of all its citizens". He and his wife, Miriam, received a standing ovation when they entered the ballroom where Trump was set to speak.

The Adelsons gave Trump's campaign US$30 million in 2016.

Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, will consult with the leaders of every party represented in parliament and choose whoever he believes has the best chance of forming a coalition.

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