OK, I didn’t see this coming. El Presidente Trumpo has changed his mind on how great and wonderful Israel’s controversial settlement construction in the West Bank and other “Palestinian” regions.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) February 2, 2017
This is rather shocking because that’s exactly what the United Nations was condemning when everyone said Obama betrayed Israel by abstaining from the vote. Oh well, it’s Trump, nobody cares. To be fair, there’s a YUGE difference between letting the UN condemn Israel, and simply opining that the settlements aren’t a good idea. Still.
From the New York Times:
President Trump, who has made support for Israel a cornerstone of his foreign policy, shifted gears on Thursday and for the first time warned the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off new settlement construction.
“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 White House said in a statement.
The White House noted that the president “has not taken an official position on settlement activity,” but said Mr. Trump would discuss the issue with Mr. Netanyahu when they meet Feb. 15, in effect telling him to wait until then. Emboldened by Mr. Trump’s support, Israel had announced more than 5,000 new homes in the West Bank since his Jan. 20 inauguration.
So what’s the deal? Is this a sign that Trump isn’t as pro-Israel as he said, or just a small tiny disagreement? We. Shall. See.