People dine at a coffee shop as an image of newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed on a monitor in Tel Aviv, Israel

Right-winged members of Israeli Parliament are thrilled about the US election. The election of Donald Trump as President has already sparked conversation among right-winged Israelis to abandon the Palestinian state solution. Some have even called it the end of the era of the Palestinian state. The Trump campaign’s lawyer and co-chairman, Jason Greenblatt, told Israeli’s Army Radio that Trump does not view the West Bank settlements an as obstacle of peace. This is in stark contrast to the UN and US policy historically. The Obama administration condemned all settlement activity and even then was criticized internationally for being too soft.

Many are already bringing long frozen plans to increase settlements in the West Bank (which is illegal according to international law) to Israeli parliament. This, of course, is controversial, and Trump may yet change his mind, as he often does. It is surprising that conservative Israeli’s are so positive and vocal about their future relationship with Donald Trump and plans to increase illegal settlements and outposts in the West Bank.

Read the NY Times post here

Advertisements