Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected

Monday, 08 Apr, 2019

"She doesn't like Israel". "I forgot. I'm so sorry".

The U.S. State Department declined to comment on Netanyahu's statement.

Trump has cited his moving of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and his decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal as reasons for Jewish voters to leave the Democratic party and support him and the GOP instead. "We must control our destiny", Netanyahu said. In 2017, he said some members of a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville were "very fine people".

Much of Trump's speech on Saturday was standard campaign-rally fare, with the president mocking asylum seekers, threatening to close the USA border with Mexico, attacking the Green New Deal plan to combat climate change and boasting about his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump has moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has warned his electorate base in an address given in Hebrew that the Israeli right is in danger of losing power on election day.

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Also, better late than never. "You show this time and again". He and his wife, Miriam, received a standing ovation when they entered the ballroom where Trump was set to speak.

"I said, 'Fellows, do me a favor".

It was not clear whether Netanyahu's annexation remarks referred to all of the West Bank or only parts of it.

Last year Bin Alawi told a regional conference in Bahrain it might be "time for Israel to be treated the same (as states in the Middle East) and also bear the same obligations". "They wanted to destroy Israel". "Then you know the global community has to deal with us".

"Well, I hate to even dignify those remarks", Schiff said, then responded to the remarks at length.

But overall, Trump received an enthusiastic reception from the crowd.

Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, who is reportedly gravely ill, watched the speech in person.

"Now it's just so clear that if you don't have a senior leadership team that really understands how to dominate social media and the ways that news travels around the web, you're just at a huge disadvantage", according to Laura Olin, who was Obama's 2012 digital strategist. Several attendees were wearing red yarmulkes bearing "Trump" and "RJC". Trump had invited Matson to attend his State of the Union address in February. "This is because Trump's policies and rhetoric are antithetical to Jewish values, and because anti-Semitism has increased to unprecedented levels due to Trump's divisive words, policies, and wilful blindness".

The American Jewish community numbering 5.5 million to 6 million leans Democratic overall but is not monolithic.

Trump's comment comes after weeks of backlash against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who has been accused of playing into anti-Semitic stereotypes about American Jews' "dual loyalty" to Israel.

Netanyahu's political campaign has emphasized his close ties with President Trump, Estrin reports. And if he's re-elected, he'd be his country's longest serving prime minister.