Congratulating President-elect Donald J Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared a YouTube clip on his Twitter account stating that he is "confident that the two of us working closely together will bring the great alliance between our two countries to even greater heights".
Although Netanyahu did not specify the issues that he believes would strengthen the already close US-Israeli alliance in the clip, his right-wing choir was quick to explain.
Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the head of the Bayit Yehudi party, asserted that "the era of a Palestinian state is over."
"Trump's victory," he clarified, "is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state … which would hurt our security and just cause. This is the position of the president-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple."
The possibility of an independent Palestinian state is, of course, inseparable from Israel's settlement project. Not surprisingly, therefore, Yossi Dagan, head of a Jewish regional council in the colonised West Bank, declared that the US elections mark a shift in this respect as well: "We have high expectations for a significant change in how the Israeli government treats Judea and Samaria following the election of a US president who is a friend to the settler movement in the West Bank. We expect an end to the construction freeze, and even more."
As if to confirm Trump's support of the settlement enterprise, Jason Greenblatt, Trump's chief legal officer and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, who has been tapped as Trump's adviser on Israel, commented on Israel's Army Radio that, in the next four years, there "would be a stark departure from the long-time American stance that Israeli construction in areas captured in the 1967 Six-Day War makes it more difficult to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians". Trump, in other words, is very unlikely to pressure Israel to slow down settlement construction on Palestinian land.
Israel will get what it wants
Alongside settlements, Israeli politicians believe that Trump will help legitimise Israeli sovereignty over occupied East Jerusalem, including the swath of land that is most sacred to Muslims. Likud Member of Knesset Yehudah Glick rushed to invite Trump to "celebrate his victory on the Temple Mount", known to Muslims across the globe as Al-Haram Al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary.
Given that Trump does not appear to believe in the Armageddon, it is unlikely that he will revel in his victory at the world's third-most holy mosque. His extremely conservative and evangelical vice president, on the other hand, would have probably wanted him to do so.
Trump may seem to be capricious, but there is a direct and very straight line connecting his racist and misogynist views to Israel's colonial project.