A picture taken on February 3, 2019 in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv shows a giant election billboard of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump shaking hands. The writing on the billboard reads in Hebrew "Netanyahu, in another league". / AFP / JACK GUEZ Image Credit: AFP

Occupied Jerusalem: A giant billboard advert in Tel Aviv features Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump grinning and shaking hands, as Israel’s prime minister cranks up his campaign ahead of April elections.

The 20 metre by 10 metre advert - with the slogan “Netanyahu, in another league” in Hebrew - is plastered above a busy traffic junction, and the poster has gone up elsewhere in Tel Aviv, Occupied Jerusalem and other cities.

Photos of the billboard have been trending on social media networks.

The Israeli premier has built a strong relationship with Trump, whose administration in December 2017 recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Netanyahu has repeatedly flagged this decision as evidence of his ability to influence the US president.

The US move delighted Israel, which sees the entire city as its “eternal and indivisible capital”.

But it was condemned by the international community, which has never recognised the Jewish state’s 1967 occupation and later annexation of Arab east Jerusalem.

The unilateral recognition enraged Palestinians, who see east Jerusalem as the capital of their own future state.

The US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.