Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that the possibility of a Palestinian state being established had ended after the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, calling for an end to the issue that has been at the center of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for years.
“Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause,” said Bennett, leader of the far-right Jewish Home party.
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“This is the position of the president-elect… The era of a Palestinian state is over,” Bennett added.
Other members of Israel’s ruling coalition government have called on Trump to act on his pledge to move the U.S. embassy from the coastal city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in recognition of the Israeli claim to the entire city as its capital.
Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, also a member of Bennett’s Jewish Home party, called for the move to “Israel’s eternal capital” as it would “symbolize the tight connection and brave friendship between the two nations.”
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Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat have also called for the embassy move.
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