Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turn into the most recent world chief to congratulate Joe Biden on his win within the U.S. election, in addition to thanking Donald Trump for the final 4 years.
Netanyahu has, maybe, been Trump”s closest worldwide ally, particularly after the US president controversially permitted the shifting of the US consulate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, angering the Palestinians, who take into account the town the capital of any future Palestinian state.
Trump’s plan for ending the decades-long battle between the Israelis and the Palestinians – referred to as the ‘Abraham Accords’ additionally closely favoured Israel, however received the backing of quite a few Arab states together with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The Palestinians weren’t concerned within the drawing up of the deal and rejected it as soon as it was unveiled.
Lastly, in March 2020 Trump gave his backing to Israeli settlements within the occupied West Financial institution, that are thought-about unlawful beneath worldwide legislation.
Whether or not a Biden White Home reverses or amends any of those measures, it stays to be seen.
Whereas the Trump plan – which was all the time rejected by the Palestinians – may very well be quietly shelved, the embassy will probably stay in Jerusalem. Biden might tone down the rhetoric on settlements, however the truth that Trump recognised them was – and is – a milestone for the Israeli proper, and for Netanyahu.
Israel watchers famous Sunday that whereas Netanyahu thanked Trump, it was nowhere close to as effusive as he welcomed Trump in 2016 – his Twitter ‘banner picture’ additionally stays an image of the Israeli prime minister with the previous US president.