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Palestinians say the United States is far too biased in favor of Israel and they have refused to work with Trump's peace team since the U.S. backed Israel's claim to the city of Jerusalem and moved the U.S. Embassy there. "Palestinian leadership has been unwilling to accept any reasonable peace proposal or even to negotiate seriously toward a solution".

Trump told reporters at the White House that Netanyahu's re-election improved the chances of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu's support in this years election came mostly form Israel's youth.

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"This is a night of great victory. It may be a little early but I'm hearing that he's won it and won it in good fashion", Trump told reporters in Washington. As a result of these consultations, the president is set to determine a candidate who will be given 42 days to form a new government.

Netanyahu, speaking Tuesday night, declared it a "tremendous victory" for his party.

The election was seen as a referendum on the veteran prime minister, who has built a reputation as guarantor of Israel's security and economic growth, but whose divisive right-wing populism and alleged corruption led to calls for change.

Israel's attorney general has announced his intention to charge him with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three cases.

President Donald Trump (L) and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu show the proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights after a meeting outside the West Wing of the White House on March 25, 2019.

Ahead of the election, Netanyahu had the support of nearly two-thirds of 18- to 24-year-olds and 54% of 25- to 34-year-olds, according to an institute survey, the Journal reported. Accordingly Gantz, although an able and intelligent man, established no platform of his own which could swing enough voters from the right of Israel's political map.

The US president not only made a decision to brush aside worldwide law with his designation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the transfer of the US embassy to the city, but went on to throw in a few extras, such as closing down all contact with the Palestinian Authority, cutting all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and, in a move even more contemptuous of global law, recognising the Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Palestinians seek a state there and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Netanyahu no doubt expects the U.S.to acquiesce to his announcement, on the eve of the vote, that Israel will annex parts of the West Bank as well.

"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". "They have said no to peace and yes to the occupation".


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