Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has backtracked from his neutral position on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and is now “committed” to supporting Israeli settlement expansion on territories it has seized illegally, according to an advisor.
-by top news site VeteransToday.com
David M. Friedman, a real-estate attorney serving as Trump’s main advisor on Israel, said the Republican presidential candidate and reality television star would not support the recognition of the Palestinian state without “the approval of the Israelis.” Friedman also remarked that Trump was unconcerned with the inhabitants of the West Bank, because “nobody really knows how many Palestinians live there.”
Trump made Friedman a part of his campaign staff in April, at a meeting with Orthodox Jews, naming him and Jason Greenblatt, another real-estate lawyer and Trump’s chief attorney, as his advisors on Israel.
Friedman said at the time, “Mr. Trump’s confidence is very flattering. My views on Israel are well known, and I would advise him in a manner consistent with those views.” Friedman has made no secret of his feelings about a two-state solution with Palestine, writing that, “It was never a solution, just an illusion that served both the US and the Arabs.”, Sputnik reported.
Source: VETERANSTODAY.COM: Trump Will Not Recognize Palestinian Statehood if Elected President | Veterans Today
As president, Donald Trump would support Israel’s annexing of Jewish parts of Arab-occupied Judea & Samaria (West Bank)
“An advisor assured that Trump was no longer supportive of the idea of an independent Palestinian state, unless the state was created with ‘the approval of the Israelis.’ Says Trump’s Israel adviser David Friedman, ‘My expectation is that if no agreement is reached by the parties, these areas (and perhaps others) will eventually be annexed by Israel.’”
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