Trump on election fiasco: Israel all messed up

Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday, paving the way for a new election on Sept. 17 after veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government.

By REUTERS, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
June 3, 2019 09:47
Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump embrace in Washington, on March 25, 2019.. (photo credit: AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

 
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US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Israelis to "get their act together," voicing his dismay with the renewed election cycle, and the as yet unknown impact it might have on his peace plan.

Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday, paving the way for a new election on Sept. 17 after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government before the midnight deadline.

"Israel is all messed up in their election," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving on a European trip. "They have to get their act together."

Trump is expected to keep up his support for Netanyahu, but the latest uncertainties clouding Israeli politics are expected to further delay the Trump administration's long-awaited Middle East peace plan, which already faces deep skepticism from many experts.


"Bibi got elected and now they have to go through the process again? We’re not happy about that," Trump said.

Palestinians have boycotted the effort, seeing it as heavily tilted in favor of Israel and denying them a state of their own.

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