Donald Trump’s inauguration was marked by two kinds of crowds, those who protested his presidency, and those who basked in his victory. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is one of those who celebrated Trump’s inauguration.
As Benjamin said his farewell to Obama, he welcomed “hundreds of new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem, after staunch pro-Israel U.S. President Donald Trump took office.”
Here’s what BBC News reported:
‘Israel’s PM allegedly delayed approval given the opposition of Barack Obama, who enraged Israel by allowing a UN resolution against settlements to pass.
Settlements in East Jerusalem are believed to be illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday that Mr Trump had invited him to a meeting in Washington in February, on a date that will additionally be decided.
According to a statement, the two leaders held a “very warm” telephone dialogue in which they talked about issues including the Iran nuclear deal and the peace process with the Palestinians. The White House said President Trump had underlined during the call that peace between Israel and the Palestinians “could only be negotiated directly between the two parties”.’
However, construction can be well on its way, now that Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman does not have his “hands tied as in the time of Barack Obama”.
“I was told to wait until Trump takes office because he has no problem with building in Jerusalem,” stated Turgeman.
Under Trump’s leadership, the U.S. will begin the process of reconciliation with its ally, Israel.
Just as Trump said many times during his presidential campaign, he believes he is “Israel’s best friend” and Israel had to ” ‘stay strong’ until he assumed office the following month.”
However, after the “US refusal to veto the resolution [of East Jerusalem settlements] marked the lowest ebb of deteriorating relations between the Obama administration and the Israeli government,” it will require immense efforts to establish a friendly US-Israeli relationship.
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