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September 18, 2019 3:34 pm

Trump on Inconclusive Knesset Elections Results: ‘Our Relationship Is With Israel. We’ll See What Happens’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump at Ben-Gurion International Airport, May 23, 2017. Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO.

US President Donald Trump commented on Wednesday on the inconclusive results of Israel’s elections the previous day, saying he had not spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally who now faces an uncertain political future.

Trump noted, “Everybody knew it’s going to be very close. I said, we’ll see what happens.”

“Look, our relationship is with Israel,” the president added. “We’ll see what happens.”

Trump’s time in office has seen him make a number of moves hailed by Netanyahu — including, among other things, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the move of the US embassy to there from Tel Aviv; the American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal; and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

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The Trump administration has also been working on crafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, which was expected to be published after the Israeli elections.

Given the current political turmoil in Israel — with the right-religious and center-left blocs essentially tied and neither major party, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White, seemingly able to form a governing coalition — it is unclear when, if ever, the Trump plan will see the light of day.

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