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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

By Alana Wise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the campaign said, marking a potential dramatic shift in U.S. policy.

During the meeting that lasted more than an hour at Trump Tower in New York, Trump told Netanyahu that under his administration, the United States would “recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.”

While Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu held a separate meeting later on Sunday that lasted just under an hour with Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump’s rival in the Nov. 8 U.S. election.

Clinton emphasized her commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship and her plan to take the relationship to the next level, according to a statement from her campaign.

She also talked about her commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict “that guarantees Israel’s future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity,” according to the statement.

“Secretary Clinton reaffirmed her opposition to any attempt by outside parties to impose a solution, including by the U.N. Security Council,” the statement said.

During the meeting with Trump, the Republican candidate’s campaign said he agreed with Netanyahu that peace in the Middle East could only be achieved when “the Palestinians renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish State.”

The Trump campaign said he and Netanyahu discussed “at length” Israel’s border fence, cited by Trump in reference to his own controversial immigration policies, which include building a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border and temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country.

Other regional issues, including the fight against Islamic State, U.S. military assistance to Israel – “an excellent investment” – and the Iran nuclear deal, which both parties have criticized, were also discussed.

(Additional reporting by Michelle Conlin in New York and Caren Bohan in Washington; Editing by Bill Trott and Sandra Maler)

IMAGE: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departs after meeting with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S. September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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4 responses to “Trump Tells Netanyahu He Would Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital”

  1. FireBaron says:

    Interesting. Wasn’t it a couple of months ago he said that Israel should learn to stand on its own feet without our help?

  2. But first, someone will have to acquaint Trump with what is called a map of the world; then they will have to carefully point out where the Middle East is and Israel’s location in that vicinity; then, they’ll have to painstakingly point out the difference between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and about who the ancestral peoples of Israel(formerly Palestine) are—the descendants of Ishmael and Isaac, both descendants of Abraham.

    Assuming Donald’s mind is still intact and alert after this flood of cursory information, and if he hasn’t been distracted by counting his millions in his head during the tutorial, he may be able to figure out that he himself is intimately related to the same Arabs and others of Muslim background he assiduously seeks to defame and undermine—in his finest faux Christian manner.

    Netanyahu as well would benefit from a brief encounter with his relationship, culturally and by blood, with the Arab/Muslim population there, and as a result maybe stop being willy-nilly butt-naked ignorant on how he should behave and speak, and carefully proceed towards a comprehensive settlement of hostilities in the country and the region.

  3. docb says:

    The drumpf is looking for the Ex-Pat vote and Adelson’s money! Straight forward narcissistic behavior and he knows he is speaking to one just like him!

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