- Title: Israelis voice hope after Trump win
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: JERUSALEM (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) STREET SCENES (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM LAWYER ORLY TAL, 47, SAYING: "I think Trump will be better for Israel, he said a few times that he's going to transfer the embassy of U.S. to Jerusalem says he will not impose his will for settlements, in between Palestinians and Israel so I think it's better for us". (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOSHE GUR, 79, SAYING: "Israel cannot rely on a person which one day says something and another day says another thing and that's why I'm very unhappy and to be more precise, I'm, disappointed". STREET SCENES (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM SOCIAL WORKER, RISSA SHAPIRO SAYING: "I voted for Donald Trump, but I voted against Hillary and as you see my hat is all for making America great, because I feel when America is great and back on its feet, which it hasn't been for a long long time, then Israel will be strong and Israel will be even greater". RESIDENTS IN STREETS (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM SOCIAL WORKER, RISSA SHAPIRO SAYING: "We live in very precarious times and we have the threat of ISIS all over the world and it's a moment in time that we have to really take stock and be really strong and Israel needs to stay strong with strong support of America and only a man like Donald Trump, who is rough around the edges and I pray that he has the wisdom to be refined and have advisors helping him along the way, but he's a breathe of fresh air. He's not a politician and he's not full of corruption, and that is what I voted for, I voted against Hillary, who represents to me someone who can't be trusted." EFRAT, WEST BANK (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) VIEWS OF EFRAT SETTLEMENT BUILDINGS RESIDENTS IN STREETS EFRAT RESIDENT, MORIS, WALKING PASSED (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT OF EFRAT, MORIS, SAYING: "I think on the whole the Republicans and Donald Trump will be better for Israel but I think on the whole it's going to be a very tough pill to swallow for the American people, I think it's a surprise". RESIDENT OF EFRAT, OLIVER SANDERS, WALKING PASSED (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT OF EFRAT, OLIVER SANDERS, SAYING: "The Americans didn't have a good person to choose in their elections but they somehow managed to choose the worst of two options at least for America. For Israel, I don't know if it really matters". VEHICLES DRIVING PASSED
- Embargoed: 24th November 2016 09:32
- Keywords: Israel Trump reaction
- Location: JERUSALEM/ EFRAT, WEST BANK
- City: JERUSALEM/ EFRAT, WEST BANK
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00257Q3OEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
Israelis reacted with mixed feelings on Wednesday (November 9) as Republican Donald Trump emerged as winner in the race for the White House, stunning the world with a crushing defeat to heavily favoured Hillary Clinton.
After Trump's election, Israelis assessed how he would better protect their interest, breaking down his previous comments on policies towards Israel.
Jerusalem lawyer Orly Tal, 47, repeated Trump's comments on a potentially dramatic shift in U.S. policy towards Jerusalem.
"I think Trump will be better for Israel, he said a few times that he's going to transfer the embassy of U.S. to Jerusalem," she said after Trump claimed victory on stage in New York.
Trump had told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in New York in September that under his administration, the United States would "recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel."
While Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
But 79-year old Jerusalem resident Moshe Gur said he was disappointed the U.S. had elected someone who has consistently shown instability.
"Israel cannot rely on a person which one day says something and another day says another thing and that's why I'm very unhappy and to be more precise, I'm, disappointed," said Gur.
While polls had shown most Israelis favour Clinton, Trump has a hard-core following among some national-religious Israelis, many of whom are originally from the United States.
Rissa Shapiro, who holds dual American-Israeli citizenship and who cast her ballot for Trump said a great America means a strong and greater Israel.
"Only a man like Donald Trump, who is rough around the edges and I pray that he has the wisdom to be refined and have advisors helping him along the way, but he's a breath of fresh air," she added.
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