TRUMP "BITCH SLAPS" BIBI OVER NEW SETTLEMENTS

No, Bibi, no more settlements before bedtime. You've had quite enough.

President Trump issued a stern rebuke to President "Bibi" Netanyahu after the latter announced 5,500 new settlement housing units on occupied Palestinian land. The White House called the action "unilateral" and "unhelpful," code for "cool your heels, Bibi." 


An official from the White House told the Jerusalem Post:

“As President Trump has made clear, he is very interested in reaching a deal that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is currently exploring the best means of making progress toward that goal. With that in mind, we urge all parties to refrain from taking unilateral actions that could undermine our ability to make progress, including settlement announcements. The administration needs to have the chance to fully consult with all parties on the way forward.”
This shows that the US position is still very close to the one it took under President Obama, who was generally considered "cold" to Israel, with Trump favouring a negotiated two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine problem.

Since 1967, Israel has occupied the Palestinian West Bank, but has been trying to implement a creeping program of ethnic cleansing through building settlements. 

Because of Trump's family connections -- his daughter Ivanka is married to a Jew -- many on the Israeli Right saw Trump's election as a green light for Israeli expansion, but this statement indicates that they have greatly misread Trump's sympathies. 

While there are affinities between Trump and Netanyahu on the importance of strong border security, there are clear differences on the question of colonising the territory of neighbours. After all, Trump just wants to build a wall with Mexico, he doesn't want to colonise it. 
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