Source: Kassy Dillon
As a result of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that there is a “better chance” at creating a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“The fact that Bibi won, I think we’ll see some pretty good action in terms of peace,” Trump said to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Politico reported. “Look, everyone said — and I never made it a promise — but everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians. I think we have a chance. I think we have now a better chance with Bibi having won.”
Trump also congratulated Netanyahu for the victory during the same remarks.
“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. It looks like that race has been won by him. It might be a little early but I’m hearing he’s won it and it won it in good fashion. So, he’s been a great ally and he’s a friend. I’d like to congratulate him, that was a well fought out race. “
On Twitter, Trump shared a photo from Netanyahu’s victory rally of his supporters holding a Trump flag.
“Trump flags being waived at the Bibi @Netanyahu VICTORY celebration last night!” Trump tweeted.
The president congratulated Netanyahu once again in a tweet.
“Spoke to Bibi @Netanyahu to congratulate him on a great and hard-fought win,” Trump tweeted. “The United States is with him and the People of Israel all the way!”
The Trump administration has been working on a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians for years and previously said they would unveil it sometime after the Israeli elections.
On Wednesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton also said the plan would be coming out soon.
“We’ve been in the preparatory stages to getting it ready. And I think we’re going to see that coming out in the very near future,” Bolton told talk show host Hugh Hewitt in an interview.
The Times of Israel reported on Monday that White House sources said the peace plan would be unveiled by mid-June.
Netanyahu’s victory comes after a close election with Netanyahu’s Likud tying the Blue and White Party at 35 seats with 97% of the votes counted, The Times of Israel reported. Netanyahu is reportedly expected to form a government with some 65 seats from the right-wing.
The Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer reported that some of the prominent Israeli conservatives who do not currently have enough votes to make it into the Knesset may still have a chance.
Notably missing from the prospective right-of-center governing coalition are New Right, led by popular Israeli conservative leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, and Zehut, a relatively new libertarian-leaning Zionist party led by the charismatic Moshe Feiglin. But according to conservative-leaning Israeli polling guru Jeremy Man Saltan, there is some recent historical precedent by which New Right might still be in luck. As a knowledgeable source who served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed to me, there are approximately 200,000 votes that cannot be made in a standard Israeli voting booth — mostly soldiers, but also hospital patients and diplomats. These votes have not yet been counted and could yet alter the nature of the next Likud-led right-of-center governing coalition.