Education Minister Naftali Bennett congratulates Trump on his victory, saying he hopes it means a shift in US policy on Palestinian statehood.
“I congratulate president-elect Donald Trump, and all the American people,” he says. “We are sure the special relationship between the United States and Israel will continue, and even grow stronger.”
He continues: “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. This is the position of the president-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over.”
Bennett, who heads the right-wing Jewish Home party, thanks Clinton for “her friendship with Israel.”