Donald Trump Endorses Israeli Settlement Expansion In West Bank

Trump insists Israel should keep building illegal West Bank settlements

Donald Trump

Donald Trump says Israel should continue construction of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.

The Republican presidential candidate refuted the notion that halting the expansion of Jewish settlements is a prerequisite for peace negotiations

In an interview with the British paper Daily Mail Trump was asked if there should be a pause in settlement construction in the occupied territories, to which he responded: “No, I don’t think there should be a pause.”

Press TV reports:

Trump said the settlement construction must “keep going” and “keep moving forward,” because Palestinians fired “thousands of missiles” at Israel.

There are “thousands of missiles being launched into Israel,” he said. “Who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?’

“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?”

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds (Jerusalem). All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

Pointing to the stalled “peace” talks, which Palestinian negotiators say will not happen without a halt in new construction, Trump said, “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.”

Asked about his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump called him “a very good guy” for whom he had made a campaign ad in 2013.

“I don’t know him that well, but I think I’d have a very good relationship with him,” the billionaire GOP front-runner said.

“I think that President [Barack] Obama has been extremely bad to Israel,” he said.


The Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev near the West Bank city of Ramallah
The Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev near the West Bank city of Ramallah
  • salubrius

    Israeli settlements west of the Jordan River are lawful. The Arab claim for Palestine was implicitly rejected at San Remo. Arab irredentists have been using threats of violence, actual violence and fraud in attempts to extort these territories from their rightful owners.

  • mike peine

    where’s the video of him saying this ? ABOLISH THE 1787 ELECTORAL COLLEGE & PURGE CONGRESS . Dual citizen Israeli citizens control 126 electoral college votes . Electors are anyone & vote as they are influenced $$$ .

  • James Smith

    Drumpf and Netanyahoo, now there’s two communist peas in a pod…

  • StevenE03

    I always found the clickbait headline of expanding settlements very misleading. The Palestinians and Israelis took years to negotiate the Oslo Accords which primarily consist of Oslo I of 1993 and Oslo II of 1995. They both agreed to restrict the size of the West Bank settlements to an area of approximately 6%-7% of the West Bank and allow construction within that area. The population growth and construction within this specifically defined area has increased but the actual boundaries have stayed the same and have not been “expanding” in over twenty years.