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Election ploy: Netanyahu wants Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty of West Bank

Election ploy: Netanyahu wants Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty of West Bank

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Since his inauguration US President Donald Trump has already made two landmark decisions regarding policy towards Israel: he recognised Israeli claims on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. These moves, however, have undermined the US role as mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the eyes of Palestinian leaders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is undertaking efforts to receive official support from US President Donald Trump for Israeli claims on territories it controls in the West Bank ahead of next elections, scheduled for September, The Times of Israel reported citing an anonymous source in the prime minister’s Office. According to the source, the Israeli prime minister is lobbying the move to secure solid support from right-wing voters, who are likely to praise the move that will strengthen Tel Aviv’s hold on West Bank settlements, condemned by the UN. “Ahead of the elections, something will happen. President Trump will repeat the statements by Friedman and…
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