Trump Won't Press Israel on Settlements, Says Top Advisor

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for ministers to refrain from commenting on Donald Trump's presidency after right-wing politicians said his election win put an end to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. "But it's not his goal, nor should it be anyone else's goal, to impose peace upon the parties", said Greenblatt, who also serves as chief legal officer and executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

In a post on his Facebook page Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the evening phone call between the First Lady of Israel and the soon-to-be First Lady of the USA as "heartfelt and warm".

As Melania Trump said of her husband in her second and final campaign speech: "He certainly knows how to shake things up, doesn't he?"

Sa'ar reiterated a pledge by Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital and move the United States embassy there if he is elected president. And if he sticks to his campaign rhetoric (and that's a big if) nowhere could that be more true than in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli leaders have frequently expressed concern that Obama, who has clashed repeatedly with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Palestinian issue, might support a United Nations resolution or push an initiative of his own that could discomfit the right-wing Israeli governing coalition. Who Trump will appoint as advisers, including as secretaries of state and defence.

The national aspirations of the Palestinians are already in difficulty for at least two reasons: animosity and division between Abbas's Fatah party and the Islamist group Hamas, which has shattered political unity, and the extent of Israel's settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which is slowly eating away at the land left for a state of Palestine.

Science Minister Ofir Akunis told Army Radio Thursday that, "We need to think how we move forward now when the administration in Washington, the Trump administration and his advisers, are saying that there is no place for a Palestinian state".

"Usually we notice major differences between the electoral propaganda and the person who becomes an elected president", he told Voice of Palestine Radio.

"They also discussed regional issues". His position would mark a significant departure from the critical stance of Barack Obama in his two terms in the Oval Office.

He said the one consolation was that "his statements are so unfeasible, unreasonable, illogical, so in violation of global laws and the worldwide consensus, that they can not be implemented".

"The bond between the USA and Israel is based on shared values, shared interests and a shared future", the prime minister said.

The pre-Trump era was one of constant scrutiny.

"This, too, highlights the dramatic change in our bilateral relations", Netanyahu said.