Israel revives plan for 500 homes in Jerusalem settlement

But his earlier comments - and those from advisers - have cast doubt on whether he'd ever question Israeli actions or try to broker a deal that would result in a Palestinian state.

Patterson said that US officials "continue to have concerns about the death of this American citizen" after a review of evidence gathered by Israel.

Palestinians and their allies have repeatedly called on the United Nations to step in and force Israel to cease its settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, which they say is the first hindrance to serious negotiations.

Despite Mr Trump's rhetoric in the run-up to the presidential elections, Dr Doran believed the new administration will not have a "rabid" foreign policy towards the region.

Trump reaffirmed these sentiments during his AIPAC speech, saying that "the Palestinians must come to the [negotiating] table knowing that the bond between the USA and Israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable" and that "there is no moral equivalency" between both sides.

"I am under an impression of profound openness to hear what we want for ourselves", Bennett said a day after he returned from NY, where he met with people working for Trump.

A new Middle East envoy? Trump has accused Obama of putting undue pressure on Israel. And the Shalom Hartman Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative, which educates young Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel, held a retreat titled "Living in Trump's America: Muslim Vulnerability and Jewish Echoes". In September, the USA signed its largest-ever security agreement, giving the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years. "That is where we need people to make a move", Sexwale said after a meeting with Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub.

Only recently, Obama signed a '"landmark agreement" by giving Israel $38 billion in military funding, the largest aid package in US history.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson both say the Palestinians are an invented people.

France is determined to hold an worldwide conference for peace in the Middle East before the yearend regardless of Israeli and USA objection, the Palestinian Foreign Minister said on Tuesday.

Israeli officials are, of course, rejoicing at the opportunity of working with such an administration, with Education Minister Naftali Bennet celebrating the "end of a Palestinian state" era and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman inviting Trump to "coordinate the development" of the illegal settlements.

Trump, by contrast, after some initial stumbles, like advocating neutrality on Israel-Palestinian negotiations, appears to be fully in sync with Netanyahu and his approach.