Trump blasts Democrats on Israel at Republican Jewish Coalition event

Trump blasts Democrats on Israel at Republican Jewish Coalition event

Trump blasts Democrats on Israel at Republican Jewish Coalition event

The agreement was fiercely opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has cheered as Trump re-imposed stringent new sanctions on the country that Israel regards as an existential threat.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2018 AIPAC conference in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of abandoning Israel and claimed that asylum seekers look like UFC fighters during his speech Saturday before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.

The prime minister's opponents say he is a corrupt politician who has divided the country by inciting against Arabs, who make up 20 percent of the population, and whose policies toward the Palestinians are leading Israel off a cliff.

But Netanyahu trailed his main challenger, Benny Gantz, a former army chief of staff, in final polls of the campaign published Friday.

Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, as well as Putin's help in returning the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since the 1982 Lebanon war, have played in his favour.

Gantz professes a commitment to peace while giving no clear indication whether he would support the Palestinian goal of statehood in territories controlled by Israel since the 1967 Six Day War.

Netanyahu said he informed Trump not "even one person" would be evicted from a settlement.

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Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said Netanyahu's statement was "not surprising".

After decades of settlement building, more than 400,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank, protected by an Israeli military presence that divides some Palestinian communities and cuts off towns and villages with checkpoints.

"Israel will continue to brazenly violate worldwide law for as long as the global community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump administration's support", he said on Twitter.

"I said there shouldn't be the removal of even one settlement" from the occupied West Bank, Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 13 television. "Let's go, so we can win everything".

Trump has teased the long-promised US peace proposal as the "deal of the century", but it will undoubtedly be as Netanyahu-sided as everything else the Trump administration has done when it comes to Israel.

Trump also took credit for eliminating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and for pulling the US out of several U.N. organizations, the U.N. Human Rights Council and UNESCO, citing anti-Israel bias in their agendas.

Trump said that "people aren't fighting for Israel in Congress", warning that "if implemented, the Democrats' radical agenda would destroy our economy, cripple our country and very well could leave Israel out there all by yourselves - can't do that". President Donald Trump is leading the charge.

However, as part of his platform he has vowed to "fix" the controversial Jewish nation-state law which defined Israel as the exclusive homeland of the Jewish people.

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