A placard reading in english " Trump Make Israel Great Again " is seen in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on November 15, 2016.
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Donald Trump's presidential victory has dimmed hopes for reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and analysts say Israel may be given carte blanche from his administration. American presidents have long struck a delicate balance in the conflict, stressing the close U.S. friendship with Israel and lavishing the Jewish state with aid. But recent presidents also have tried to negotiate, and they have called out Israel for actions seen as undermining peace efforts, such as expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank.Relations have been tense between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu. Trump has accused Obama of putting undue pressure on Israel.But Obama has hardly cast off Israel. While Obama pressured Israel into a partial settlement freeze in 2009 and 2010, settlements continue to expand.By the time Obama leaves office, that number will almost certainly surpass the 4,191 units started during George W. Bush's presidency.Trump has echoed the decades-old promise of past presidential candidates that he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.
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