In an interview for an Israeli newspaper, the US president seems to be backtracking from promises he made to right-wing Israelis.
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US President Donald Trump has only been in office for a few weeks, but he already seems to be disappointing many right-wing Israelis who hoped to hear a much clearer expression of support for settlement expansion and the legitimacy of Israel’s presence in the West Bank.
Just days before a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump gave an interview to an Israeli daily newspaper and called on Israel to “act reasonably,” stressing that he does not believe settlements are helpful to achieving peace.
“There is limited remaining territory,” Trump added. “Every time you take land for a settlement, less territory remains.”
The president also sounded cautious regarding his promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I’m thinking about it. I’m learning the issue and we’ll see what happens,” Trump told Israel Hayom. “It’s not an easy decision. It’s been discussed for so many years. No one wants to make this decision, and I’m thinking about it seriously.”