"Actually it is doing more of the wrong things by suffocating Palestinians", the Jordanian minister said, referring to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu, asked why he had not declared Israeli sovereignty over large West Bank settlements as Israel has already done in the occupied Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, said he was already discussing the move.
If Netanyahu is tapped by Rivlin to build a coalition and is successful in doing so he would break David Ben-Gurion's record (13 years) as longest serving Prime Minister.
After decades of settlement building, more than 400,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank, protected by an Israeli military presence that divides some Palestinian communities and cuts off towns and villages with checkpoints. Beyond that, he seemed to imply Israel was entitled to do whatever it wants, and that no Israeli would ever be subject to Palestinian sovereignty. Both moves delighted Israel, infuriated Palestinian and Arab leaders, and were opposed by most U.S. allies.
He added that Palestinians would "resist" such a policy if carried out. However, U.S. mediation between Israelis and Palestinians stalled after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital early in his term. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical and political connections to the land.
Palestinian protesters seek cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank region.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu show the proclamation Trump signed on recognizing Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights in Washington on March 25, 2019.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the West Bank, which Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East war, was Palestinian territory and Israel's occupation violated worldwide law.
Partisan bickering highlights aftermath of request for Trump's tax returns
On Wednesday, Neal wrote a letter to the commissioner of the IRS requesting six years of Trump's tax returns , from 2013 to 2018. Once or twice reports leaked out that Mueller was about to expand in that direction, but nothing much came of it.
Netanyahu has been plagued by corruption allegations throughout the election campaign after Israel's attorney general publicly announced in February that he intends to indict Netanyahu.
Negatively, Netanyahu is dealing with potential indictment on bribery and fraud charges.
His main election rival, Gantz, has vowed to pursue peace with the Palestinians, but he has also stopped short at embracing their quest for statehood.
On Sunday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki responded to that pledge and accused the US of encouraging Netanyahu.
Netanyahu' Likud party is trailing Blue & White by several seats in most polls, but he could rule in a coalition with other right-wing parties.
The settlements are illegal under global law, though Israel disputes this. The White House has long promised a proposal for a "deal of the century" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So far, the issue of the settlements has been one of the hottest topics preventing the two sides from restarting peace talks, which were frozen in 2014.