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Trump to visit Israel ‘soon’

Trump had scheduled a visit to Israel in late December, but postponed it following an uproar over his proposal to bar all Muslims from entering the United States.

world Updated: May 11, 2016 19:44 IST
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will visit Israel “soon,” he told an Israeli newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.(AFP Photo)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will visit Israel “soon,” he told an Israeli newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.

“Yes, I will be coming soon,” Trump said, without giving further details, in response to a question from the Israel Hayom newspaper, a freesheet considered close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump had scheduled a visit to Israel in late December, but postponed it following an uproar over his proposal to bar all Muslims from entering the United States.

“I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become president of the US,” he tweeted at the time.

In the interview published on Wednesday, Trump renewed his criticism of US President Barack Obama over a July nuclear deal with Iran that was vigorously opposed by the Israeli Prime Minister.

“The current threat against Israel is more important than ever” because of “President Obama’s policy towards Iran and the nuclear deal,” he said.

“I think the people of Israel have suffered a lot because of Obama.”

White House hopefuls often visit Israel as part of efforts to bolster their foreign policy credentials.

First Published: May 11, 2016 19:44 IST