Friday, November 11, 2016
FINALLY AMERICA HAS ELECTED AN ISRAEL SUPPORTER AND CHRISTIAN SUPPORTER. DONALD MUST HELP ISRAEL REBUILD THE 3RD TEMPLE SO THEY CAN SACRIFICE ANIMALS AND WORSHIP TO THEIR GOD PROPERLY AGAIN.LIKE GOD TOLD THEM TO DO.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
Amona bill vote could scupper bid to delay demolition-Attorney-general still opposed to attempt to bypass Supreme Court-ordered dismantling of illegal outposts-By Sue Surkes November 10, 2016, 2:57 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The attorney general on Thursday warned that a planned vote in favor of a bill to recognize illegal settler outposts would likely lead the High Court to reject a government bid to further delay the demolition of a large West Bank outpost.Following the warning by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposes the bill, said he would hold a discussion on the matter Sunday, at a meeting of coalition leaders, Haaretz reported.Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) announced earlier this week that the bill would be brought to a vote in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday, after repeated deferrals.Right-wing lawmakers fear that any further delay would leave insufficient time to push the legislation through the Knesset before December 25 — the date the Supreme Court has set for the demolition of the outpost, Amona, which lies east of Ramallah on what has been ruled private Palestinian land.The Supreme Court set the date in 2014, after a decade of legal wrangling.Earlier this month, the government asked the court to defer the demolition order by seven months.The issue has put Netanyahu in a complicated position. One the one hand, the impending evacuation threatens to destabilize his coalition, which relies heavily on the pro-settlement right.But the attorney general has warned that legislation to outflank a High Court ruling would be unconstitutional and harm the rule of law, and that he therefore would not be able to defend the government in court.Right-wing lawmakers have been seeking a legal loophole to prevent an evacuation with a bill that would formally recognize West Bank outposts.An earlier version of the bill, proposed by Jewish Home MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, was deemed unconstitutional by Mandelblit, as was a revised bill submitted by Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich and also signed by Likud MKs David Bitan — the chairman of the coalition — and Yoav Kisch.The revised bill says that unauthorized construction on privately owned Palestinian land would be legalized if the residents can “prove government involvement.”Furthermore, while Moalem-Refaeli’s bill allowed the government to appropriate land, the new draft only gives it the right to use the plots, which would remain the property of their original owners.The state would compensate the owners financially or with alternative plots, according to their individual requests, the proposal stipulates. It would also appoint an Israeli legal authority to deal with the lawsuits.The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the government request to delay Amona’s demolition by seven months.The outpost, founded in 1995, is home to about 40 families. It is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts — built without permission but generally tolerated by the government — that dot the West Bank. A partial evacuation a decade ago sparked violent clashes between residents and security forces and it is feared a new evacuation could trigger another showdown.In 2008, a group of Palestinians represented by the Israeli rights group Yesh Din petitioned the Supreme Court claiming Amona settlers had encroached on their land and demanding the entire outpost be dismantled. The court petition set off a protracted legal battle that saw a number of proposed evacuation dates missed and repeatedly delayed until the final ruling in 2014 ordered the state to demolish the outpost by December 25, 2016. The state also agreed to compensate the landowners with about $75,000.The government recently approved the construction of 98 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh to compensate homeowners of Amona, drawing a furious response from Washington.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Trump and Netanyahu — a match made in heaven?-Deep into his fourth term, the PM will for the first time face a Republican president, someone he calls ‘friend’ though barely knows him. He might have preferred to work with Clinton-By Raphael Ahren November 10, 2016, 5:53 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
On January 20, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will finally have a Republican president sitting in the White House.Netanyahu has often been called a Republican himself, and many observers of US-Israel relations believe he is eagerly awaiting Inauguration Day, when for the first time in his 10 years at the helm of the Jewish state there will not be a Democratic president of the US.On the face of it, Donald Trump’s victory seems to be a dream come true for the Israeli prime minister. The president-elect has repeatedly vowed to unconditionally back the Jewish state in any possible way: he promised not to try to force a solution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; slammed the Iranian nuclear deal; pledged to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and removed the two-state solution from the Republican party platform.Netanyahu also knows and appreciates the vice-president-elect, Mike Pence, who has a long record of support for Israel.Some of the names rumored to be part of Trump’s future cabinet will be music to Netanyahu’s ears. Newt Gingrich and John Bolton, for instance, are thought to have a good chance of becoming the next secretary of state, and Rudy Giuliani expects to be appointed attorney-general. Many others in Trump’s inner circle have long records of outspoken and unconditional support for the Jewish state and Netanyahu’s policies.On the other hand, Netanyahu knows that Trump is unpredictable and might change his Middle East policies on a whim. The prime minister surely hasn’t forgotten that Trump said he wants to remain “neutral” on the Israeli-Palestinian issue or that he contemplated asking Israel to repay the billions in military aid it received from the US.In December, Netanyahu issued a statement rejecting Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims, stressing that “Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens.”Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump's recent remarks about Muslims.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 9, 2015-On Wednesday, several hours after Trump’s upset victory, Netanyahu released a videotaped congratulatory message in which he called the president-elect his “friend.” In a statement issued after their phone call later in the day, the Prime Minister’s Office said the two men “have known each other for many years.”There is no publicly available evidence for this claim. True, ahead of the 2013 Knesset elections, Trump taped a 35-second clip endorsing Netanyahu and calling him a “terrific guy.” The producer of that video, British-Israeli PR professional Jonny Daniels, said the two men spoke after the video was published, but that he was not sure they had ever met in person.Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office told The Times of Israel that Netanyahu and Trump had met before their September 2016 meeting, but could not provide more detail.But even if the professed Netanyahu-Trump “friendship” amounts to more than a handful of phone calls and one meeting, it cannot come close to the 20-year, deep and resonant — though certainly complicated — relationship the prime minister has with Hillary Clinton.Netanyahu first met the former first lady, senator and secretary of state in 1996, when her husband was president. Since then they have met on countless occasions, sometimes yelled at each other, but eventually found a modus vivendi and even developed an amicable relationship.“Despite our policy differences, Netanyahu and I worked together as partners and friends,” she wrote in her 2014 memoir. “We argued frequently, often during phone calls that would go on for over an hour, sometimes two… I learned that Bibi would fight if he felt he was being cornered, but if you connected with him as a friend, there was a chance you could get something done together.”To be sure, Netanyahu is deeply troubled by some of Clinton’s policy positions, such as her lukewarm support for the nuclear Iran deal and her belief in the urgent need for a Palestinian state.And yet it stands to reason that Netanyahu thought he would have gotten along just fine with a Clinton administration. In an email leaked to Wikileaks, a “senior Israeli official who is very close to the Prime Minister, and knows his thinking” is quoted saying that Hillary is “more instinctively sympathetic to Israel” than President Barack Obama.Netanyahu always had a “surprising good relationship” with Clinton, the Israeli official revealed, and considered her “easy to work with.”Clinton herself signaled a strong desire to create a positive working relationship with Netanyahu had she been elected president. Inviting him to the White House to patch up US-Israel relations — which suffered greatly last year in the wake of the Iran deal — was “near the top” of her list of priorities, she had said.Would Netanyahu have preferred Clinton over Trump? We might never know.But already, Israeli politicians to Netanyahu’s right, such as Naftali Bennett, are seizing on the Republican platform’s omission of a two-state solution — essentially trying to push Netanyahu into formally abandoning the idea, and preparing to undermine him from the right if he doesn’t. He can expect more pressure from the right, too, to expand settlements — once Trump is in the White House and such building may not be criticized as it routinely was under Obama. Netanyahu is wary about Palestinian statehood, and is a supporter of the settlement enterprise, of course, but he benefited, in the complex dance of domestic politics and regional diplomacy, from being able to find a middle path between the pro-peace-talks, anti-settlement US administration and the opposite stance of the political hawks at home. A president Clinton would have enabled him to chart a similar course, albeit with slightly greater empathy from Washington. A president Trump will likely give Netanyahu a freer hand — which, however paradoxically, might make life more complicated for him.On Wednesday, the president-elect and the prime minister spoke on the phone for about 15 minutes. They exchanged pleasantries and discussed “regional issues,” according to Netanyahu’s office. Trump also invited Netanyahu to the White House “at the first opportunity.” Netanyahu gladly accepted.Pretty soon, then, we might find out more of what Trump plans for the Middle East — if anything. We’ll also see how well the two men get along. And Netanyahu will have a better idea of whether president Trump is as “easy to work with” as Hillary Clinton would have been.
Trump adviser: New president won’t force Israeli-Palestinian peace-Next US administration will seek warm ties with Israelis and will only prioritize conflict if they want it, says Jason Dov Greenblatt-By Eric Cortellessa November 9, 2016, 11:26 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
NEW YORK — One of President-elect Donald Trump’s top advisers says the new administration will try to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but without pushing an agreement on either side.“I think he’s going to support Israel in a way it hasn’t been supported in the Obama administration,” Jason Dov Greenblatt told The Times of Israel Wednesday, as the dust settled from Trump’s shock victory hours earlier.“I think he’s going to try to help the Israelis achieve peace with the Palestinians. He’ll be there to guide them and not force peace upon them,” he said.Over the course of the campaign, Trump has said he would seek to broker the elusive final status agreement to the conflict but has not explicitly endorsed a two-state solution.Greenblatt said Trump would prioritize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but would only seek any initiative if the two sides indicated they were willing to reach an accommodation.“He will make it a priority if the Israelis and Palestinians want to make it a priority,” he said. “He’s not going to force peace upon them, it will have to come from them.”Greenblatt was responding to advice doled out recently by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, that the next president should not make the conflict central to US policy in the region.Last week, Trump’s other adviser on matters relating to the Jewish state told The Times of Israel the business mogul is willing to explore avenues outside the two-state framework. “A two-state solution is not a priority,” said David Friedman. “I don’t think he is wed to any particular outcome. A two-state solution is a way, but it’s not the only way.”Greenblatt’s comments came as a number of right-wing Israeli politicians seized on Trump’s victory by calling on him to make good on his promises to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.The move would break with decades of precedent and put Washington at odds with nearly all UN member states, illustrating concerns over the foreign policy consequences of Trump’s presidency.On Wednesday, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said that Trump’s election meant the idea of a Palestinian state was finished.“Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause,” Bennett said in an apparent reference to the West Bank. “This is the position of the president-elect … The era of a Palestinian state is over.”Greenblatt said he was unsurprised by Trump’s win, which shook up the political establishment. “I have known Donald for 20 years,” he said. “When he sets his heart and mind to something, he wins.”AFP contributed to this report
Trump adviser: He doesn’t see settlements as peace obstacle-Jason Greenblatt says president-elect won’t force Israel, Palestinians to negotiate; will move US embassy to Jerusalem-By Stuart Winer November 10, 2016, 12:28 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
President-elect Donald Trump’s top adviser on Israel said Thursday that the incoming US leader doesn’t see Jewish settlements in the West Bank as obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, and predicted Trump would keep his campaign promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.Successive US administrations have maintained that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal and their presence and continued expansion are major stumbling blocks in the path to reaching a peace agreement.But Trump, Jason Greenblatt told Army Radio, believes Israelis and Palestinians should resolve their differences without the world imposing a peace plan on them.“Mr. Trump does not view the settlements as an obstacle to peace. I think he would show Gaza as proof of that,” Greenblatt said, referring to Israel’s 2005 unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, which included the removal of all Jewish settlements from the coastal enclave.Rockets from Gaza on Israeli territory continued after the withdrawal, and the IDF has since launched several major military campaigns against Hamas-led groups in Gaza in addition to numerous border clashes.“The two sides are going to have to decide how to deal with that region, but it’s certainly not Mr. Trump’s view that settlement activity should be condemned and that it is an obstacle to peace, because it is not the obstacle to peace,” Greenblatt noted.“He thinks that Israel is in a very tough situation and needs to defend itself,” he continued. “He is not going to impose any solution on Israel, he thinks that the peace has to come from the parties themselves.”Nonetheless, Trump, the victorious Republican nominee, would be willing to help should he be asked to, Greenblatt asserted. “Any meaningful contribution he can offer up he’s there to do, but it’s not his goal, nor should it be anyone else’s goal to impose peace upon the parties.”Many right-wing Israeli politicians have hailed Trump’s ascension as an opportunity to expand settlement construction, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett even said his election meant Israel could officially drop its commitment to the two-state solution.“Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause,” Bennett said Tuesday. “This is the position of the president-elect … The era of a Palestinian state is over.”Earlier this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said criticism of Jewish settlements in the West Bank — of the sort heaped on Israel by outgoing President Barack Obama throughout his eight-year tenor — is misguided. “I think the focus that people [place] on settlements is wrong. [The conflict] preceded the settlements by half a century. And when we left Gaza and all the settlements [in 2005], they continued to fire rockets at us,” he said.Responding to questions about Trump’s declaration that he will move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a campaign claim made by previous presidential hopefuls but never acted on — Greenblatt, an Orthodox Jew, said he believes the president-elect will follow through on the promise.During the campaign, Trump called Jerusalem “the eternal capital” of Israel and said he was “100 percent for” moving the embassy there.Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating the move of the embassy to Jerusalem, but allowed the president a waiver. Each president since then has routinely exercised the waiver, citing the national security interests of the United States, despite repeated campaign promises. For Trump to break with decades of precedent would put Washington at odds with nearly all United Nations member states.“I think if he said it, he’s going to do it. He is different for Israel than any recent president there has been, and I think he’s a man who keeps his word. He recognizes the historical significance of the Jewish people to Jerusalem, unlike, say, UNESCO,” Greenblatt said.Last month the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) approved a controversial resolution that ignored Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount. The decision came a week after a similar resolution was approved by the body and elicited angry responses from Israel, several world leaders and even the body’s own director-general.As for his own future, Greenblatt, a real estate lawyer, acknowledged he would be happy to accept a diplomatic position on behalf of Trump in the region.“It is a little too soon to tell,” he said. “I’d be honored and privileged to serve in that kind of a role; it would be really an incredible opportunity, and a blessing, but a little too soon to tell.On Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) called on Trump to keep his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.Hotovely said in a statement that she “would like to reiterate Israel’s deep appreciation of President-elect Trump’s declared intention to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.”Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Netanyahu hails Donald Trump as a ‘true friend’ of Israel-Right-wing politicians laud Republican’s victory; Bennett: Election outcome an ‘opportunity’ to scuttle Palestinian statehood; Herzog: President-elect represents ‘a replacement of the old ruling elites’-By Ilan Ben Zion and Stuart Winer November 9, 2016, 1:20 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday congratulated Donald Trump on his election victory, saying the Republican is “a true friend of the State of Israel.”Netanyahu’s remarks were released a few hours after Trump proclaimed victory over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in a surprise electoral coup.“We will work together to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” Netanyahu said in a statement.“The bond between the US and Israel is based on shared values, shared interests and a shared future. I am sure that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the special alliance between Israel and the US and we will bring them to new heights,” he added.Later Wednesday, Netanyahu released a video congratulating Trump.The prime minister’s statement came on the heels of statements expressing a mix of optimism and wariness by Israeli politicians, many of whom joined Netanyahu in stressing the continued strengthening of the US-Israel ties.President Reuven Rivlin congratulated Trump on his victory, which he said demonstrated that the US is the “greatest democracy.”“There are many challenges that lie before you as president — at home and around the world. Israel, your greatest ally, stands by you as your friend and partner in turning those challenges into opportunities,” he said in a statement.Education Minister Naftali Bennett was among the first Israeli leaders to congratulate Trump Wednesday morning, saying the Republican’s victory was “an opportunity” to do away once and for all with the pursuit of a two-state solution.“Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause,” Bennett said in a statement.“This is the position of the president-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple,” he said. “The era of a Palestinian state is over. We are sure the special relationship between the United States and Israel will continue, and even grow stronger.”Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he promised “to safeguard and strengthen the special relationship and courageous friendship between the countries and work to strengthen the shared values of Israel and the United States.”Other right-wing politicians hailed Trump’s victory, saying they hoped it would translate into closer ties between Israel and the US. Opposition MKs, in contrast, voiced greater circumspection, with Joint (Arab) List MK Dov Khenin saying, “Trump won not on the merit of the racist minority but on the merit of the angry majority.”Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, leader of the Kulanu party, said that “Israel, as the only democracy in the Middle East, salutes the US, the oldest democracy in the world, on a democratic election process that expresses the will of the voter.“We look forward to working jointly with the new American government to strengthen the strategic and economic ties between our countries.”Opposition leader Isaac Herzog, head of the Zionist Union, extended “warm congratulations to the president of the strongest and most powerful nation in the world: Donald J. Trump,” in a Facebook post published shortly after Trump celebrated his victory.“The American democracy today chose to place at its forefront an American leader who taught the analysts and doubters that we are in a new era of change and a replacement of the old ruling elites! You did the unexpected against all the odds, the polls, and the research, and the prophets of the old era,” he said. “I am sure that the defense and economic cooperation with our strongest and most important ally will continue even more so during your presidency.”Congratulations @realDonaldTrump. I hope for the US and the world that he actualize the promises of his acceptance speech, not the campaign-—(@Tzipi_Livni) November 9, 2016-Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni was more circumspect in her statement, tweeting: “Congratulations, Donald Trump. I hope for the US and the world that he actualize the promises of his acceptance speech, not the campaign.”Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid said Israeli lawmakers “look forward to working with President-elect Trump and building on the incredibly strong ties which bind our two nations together.“Ours is a relationship based on shared values and mutual interests. I know he is deeply committed to those values and to the strategic relations between our two countries,” he said in a statement.Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said in his statement on behalf of the Israeli parliament that he was “confident that the longstanding friendship and alliance between the United States and Israel will remain strong.“We send our best wishes to the American people and are certain that they will remain united in dealing with the challenges facing America and the world today,” he added.Trump was considered by many right-wing Israelis as the more favorable candidate in terms of US-Israel relations.Temple Mount activist and Likud MK Yehudah Glick invited Trump to visit the West Bank and the Mount “and to lead from the source of light and energy of the world dialogue of reconciliation, and world peace.” He said he hoped Trump would see that Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered illegal by the international community and US government, were “the way to peace.Mazal tov from #Jerusalem, Mr. President! @realDonaldTrump #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/L05W8HFNnd— Mayor Nir Barkat (@NirBarkat) November 9, 2016-Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat urged Trump in a congratulatory letter to make good on his promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which no president has done despite repeated campaign promises.“On behalf of the city of Jerusalem, I am writing to congratulate you on your victory,” he said. “I am confident that you will continue to empower our city by reaffirming its sovereignty by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.”Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, describing the president elect as “a true friend of Israel,” echoed Barkat’s call.“I am sure that Trump knows how to courageously navigate the free world to successful goals in the global war on terror,” she said. “This is an opportunity for the American government to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. That would symbolize the close ties and brave friendship between the two countries.”
Trump invites Netanyahu to White House in phone call-During ‘warm’ conversation, US president-elect says PM should come to Washington ‘at first opportunity’-By Times of Israel staff November 9, 2016, 8:03 pm
US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone and invited the Israeli leader to Washington at the “first opportunity,” according to the Prime Minister’s Office.Trump and Netanyahu, “who have known each other for many years, had a warm, heartfelt conversation,” the statement said.“President-elect Trump invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to a meeting in the United States at the first opportunity,” it said.Netanyahu responded by saying that he and his wife Sara were looking forward to meeting the president-elect and his wife Melania.Regional issues were also raised during the phone conversation, the statement said, without elaborating.Earlier on Wednesday, Netanyahu congratulated Trump on his election victory, saying the Republican is “a true friend of the State of Israel.”“We will work together to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” Netanyahu said in a statement.“The bond between the US and Israel is based on shared values, shared interests and a shared future. I am sure that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the special alliance between Israel and the US and we will bring them to new heights,” he added.Later Wednesday, Netanyahu released a video congratulating Trump.Netanyahu met with both Trump and rival Hillary Clinton in New York in September, but refrained from expressing support for a particular candidate. Following the September meetings, the prime minister said “it doesn’t matter which of them will be elected, US support of Israel will remain strong, our pact will remain strong and will even get stronger in the coming years.”The prime minister’s statement on Wednesday came on the heels of statements expressing a mix of optimism and wariness by Israeli politicians, many of whom joined Netanyahu in stressing the continued strengthening of the US-Israel ties.President Reuven Rivlin congratulated Trump on his victory, which he said demonstrated that the US is the “greatest democracy.”“There are many challenges that lie before you as president — at home and around the world. Israel, your greatest ally, stands by you as your friend and partner in turning those challenges into opportunities,” he said in a statement.
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