Israel ‘has’ to keep building in Judea and Samaria, Trump says
Israel “has” to keep building Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told the Daily Mail on Tuesday in his most pro-Israeli statement to date.
Saying that “missiles were launched into Israel, and Israel, I think, never was properly treated by our country,” Trump took further the pro-Israeli stance he adopted in his first speech on foreign policy last week.
“Israel, our great friend, and the only true democracy in the Middle East, has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity,” he said, aiming at President Barack Obama.
“President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care, and made it a great power,” the favorite to secure the Republican presidential nomination further added.
Asked if he similarly thought a building freeze was a good idea, Trump responded: “No, I don’t think it is, because I think Israel should have – they really have to keep going. They have to keep moving forward.”
The issue of Jewish construction has been at the forefront of the Obama administration’s testy relationship with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been criticized by his unwillingness to freeze the construction by both Secretaries of the State of the Obama years, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
The White House repeatedly clarified it regards the expansion of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as a threat to the two-state solution, which is seen as the only viable resolution to the long-standing conflict by the present US administration.