Trump breaks with Netanyahu, calls for halt of Israeli settlements


President Trump cautioned Israel Thursday against building new settlements or expanding existing settlements, and by saying it hurts the peace process, broke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since taking office.

“The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years,” the White House said in a statement. “While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.”

The unexpected rebuke came as Mr. Netanyahu vowed to soon break ground on the first new West Bank settlement in more than a decade, a response to court-ordered evacuation and demolition of an unauthorized settlement outpost.

Mr. Trump ran as a strong pro-Israel candidate and promised to repair the strained relationship the Obama administration had with the Jewish state. Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Mr. Trump at the White House later this month.

“As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region. The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month,” said the White House.

  1. #1 by TruthOutJournal on 02/02/2017 - 9:34

    Woo Hoo Hoo Everybody! Who knew that Trump knew that the jewz were at the helm the whole time? Jeeez Loueeeez = Oy Vey! Trump is smarter than the average goy.

  2. #2 by APJG on 02/02/2017 - 9:34

    MG called this during DJT’s campaign.
    Nice job, Mark!….your stock just went up 😉

  3. #3 by kiorema on 02/03/2017 - 9:34

    the headline is misleading, Trump has not called for a halt on settlements, he’s only calling for the announcement of new settlements to be halted:

    “As President Trump has made clear, he is very interested in reaching a deal that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is currently exploring the best means of making progress toward that goal,” the official reportedly said. “With that in mind, we urge all parties to refrain from taking unilateral actions that could undermine our ability to make progress, including settlement announcements. The administration needs to have the chance to fully consult with all parties on the way forward.”

  4. #4 by Howard Lewis on 02/03/2017 - 9:34

    This Trump dude is starting to bring the sunlight back to earth! President Trump!!! Be careful.

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