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The leaders of prominent American Jewish groups criticized President Donald Trump for telling a gathering of Republican American Jews Saturday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "your prime minister".

And this brings us to the big risk Netanyahu is taking in his strategy to take votes from the satellite parties on the Right and bring them to Likud.

The US State Department declined to comment about Netanyahu's remarks, which were viewed in the Israeli media as an attempt to draw right-wing votes rather than an immediate change of policy. He suggested the Palestinians may take Israel to the International Criminal Court.

In March, Trump broke with decades of worldwide consensus by recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria.

Another 200,000 Israelis live in East Jerusalem, part of the West Bank that Israel annexed shortly after the 1967 war.

"The West has offered Israel political, economic and military support and it now holds all the means of power... but despite that it fears for its future as a non-Arab country surrounded by 400 million Arabs", he said.

Palestinians want to establish a state in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Asked by Channel 12 about annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank, he said that "we're on the way" and that "the next term (in office) will be fateful".

"We hope that the positive and attractive statements that we have heard today will be translated in the next term into legislation and we will uphold our right to equality, and will not be left with empty promises like we have heard so far", said Hizki, director of The Aguda - Israel's LGBT Task Force. It says settlements are not a genuine obstacle to peace and are negotiable. The global community does not recognize the annexation and believes the status of Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements requires mutual agreement with the Palestinians.

Bahrain endorsed the remarks which at the time were said to be aimed at moving the Israeli-Palestinian "narrative from intractability to a new focus of pragmatism". "I am going to extend [Israeli] sovereignty and I don't distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlements". "The answer is yes, we will move to the next stage", he said. "Settlements are illegal and they will be removed".

The past few days, we've seen the return of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's famous "gevalt campaign" from 2015, named for the Yiddish expression of alarm, often paired with the interjection "oy!"

What is the political background?

According to news pundits, even if the White and Blue party wins a few more seats than Likud they most likely would not be able to form a coalition.

In Mr Netanyahu's own Likud party, 28 out of the 29 lawmakers running for re-election are on record as supporting this approach. On Saturday, Trump told the Las Vegas audience that he had stood with "your prime minister".

Netanyahu said Friday his position on settlers had also been relayed to the former U.S. president.

However, the Trump administration has carried out a series of actions that have inflamed Palestinian opinion and generally pleased Israel. However, the Trump administration has repeatedly challenged this, when it first recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moved its embassy there.

Previous year the United States stopped contributing to the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), which has been looking after Palestinian refugees since 1949.

The Palestinians say the U.S. government's pro-Israel bias meant it could no longer lead peace negotiations between them and Israel.


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