The Republican front-runner, Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed his support to Israel buildnig settlements in the occupied West Bank.
In an interview with the British Daily Mail on Tuesday, Trump said there should be no pause in settlement construction.
According to the Times of Israel website, asked if there should be a pause in settlement building, Trump was quoted answering as follows: “No, I don’t think it is, because I think Israel should have – they really have to keep going. They have to keep moving forward… I don’t think there should be a pause… Look: Missiles were launched into Israel, and Israel, I think, never was properly treated by our country. I mean, do you know what that is, how devastating that is?”
“You have hundreds and, I guess, thousands of missiles being launched into Israel, who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?” he added.
Trump said that despite supporting continued settlement building — a sticking point for the Palestinians who insist all construction must stop while negotiations take place — he’d like to help restart peace talks.
“With all of that being said, I would love to see if peace could be negotiated. A lot of people say that’s not a deal that’s possible. But I mean lasting peace, not a peace that lasts for two weeks and they start launching missiles again. So we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Asked about Netanyahu, Trump said he was a “very good guy” whom he didn’t know that well.
“I think I’d have a very good relationship with him,’ Trump said, adding that he thinks “Obama has been extremely bad to Israel.”