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Israel's right wing has grand plans for Trump era

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 01:46

Israel's right-wing has grand plans for new Trump's era, including the annexation of a West Bank Settlement. As Ivor Bennett reports, Palestinians warn of dangerous escalation and worry he'll make good on his word to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

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Donald Trump is the man Israel's right wing has been waiting for. A man feted for promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And crucially, a man many hope will support more settlements on land that Palestinians want for a state. Boris Grossman is deputy mayor of Maale Adumim. A West Bank settlement that's home to 40,000 Israelis. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) BORIS GROSSMAN, DEPUTY MAYOR OF MAALE ADUMIM, SAYING: "I really believe that first of all we will be annexed to Israel and that secondly, we will be allowed to build in Maale Adumim." Obama's administration called the settlements a threat to peace. The contrast with Trump couldn't be more stark. His nomination for ambassador, David Friedman, is an active supporter of the settlements. And even helped raise money for one. Those on the right see an opportunity. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI EDUCATION MINISTER NAFTALI BENNETT SAYING: "The founding of a Palestinian state will flood us with refugees. We will not assist it. We will move forward already in the current parliament session to apply sovereignty on Maale Adumim." Palestinians have reacted in protest. Against both Trump's embassy proposal and the new legislation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NABIL ABU-RDAINAH, SPOKESMAN FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS, SAYING: "This will put an end to any serious hope for peace, especially that this settlement is illegal and it would divide the West Bank and would lead to a situation that nobody can control." But that's something Israel's Prime Minister seems well aware of. He's thought to be looking at curbing settlement legislation, at least until after he's met Donald Trump.

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Israel's right wing has grand plans for Trump era

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 01:46