U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands at the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Trump: Netanyahu’s reelection would bring peace to Middle East

Washington (QNN)- President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated incumbent Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his apparent win in the country’s elections and predicted that his administration’s goal of bringing peace to the Middle East has a better shot at success now with Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu, it looks like that race has been won by him,” Trump told reporters in the White House. “It may be a little early, but it looks like he’s won it in good fashion.”

Trump, who gave Netanyahu a precious gift, recognizing the Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, then welcomed him to the White House shortly before Tuesday’s elections, cast the prime minister’s win for a fifth term as a promising development for his administration’s plan to strike a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.

“The fact that Bibi won, I think we’ll see some pretty good action in terms of peace,” he said. “Look, everyone said — and I never made it a promise — but everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians. I think we have a chance. I think we have now a better chance with Bibi having won.”

The administration has yet to release its blueprint for the deal that has eluded U.S. leaders for decades, but has said it would do so after Israel’s elections. A deal, which would properly be imposed on Palestinians, as they stress on the fact that they know nothing about it.

While Netanyahu’s reelection signals consistency for the friendly relationship between the U.S. and Israel, the prime minister still faces the hurdle of potentially being indicted on corruption charges later this year, while Trump faces the looming prospect of being hammered by Democratic investigations into his presidency.

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