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Israeli minister: Trump election is time to 'reset' policies

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem. A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 said the election of Donald Trump, along with changes rippling across Europe and the Middle East, have created an opportunity for Israel to abandon its stated commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem. A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 said the election of Donald Trump, along with changes rippling across Europe and the Middle East, have created an opportunity for Israel to abandon its stated commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)  (The Associated Press)

A senior Israeli Cabinet minister says Donald Trump's election could present an opportunity for Israel to abandon its stated commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The remarks by Naftali Bennett on Monday reflect sentiment in the nationalist Israeli right wing that Trump's presidency could usher in a new era of relations with the U.S.

While the two countries are close allies, relations were sometimes tense between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of their vastly different world views.

For two decades, the international community has been pushing for a negotiated peace deal for a Palestinian state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip — areas captured by Israel in the 1967 war.

Bennett said such a state would be "a profound mistake."