Michael and Martellus Bennett pull out of Israel-bound National Football League delegation

13 Février, 2017, 21:54 | Auteur: Stephane Girardot
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara) attend a memorial ceremony for Ron Nahman the founder of Ariel one of the largest Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Given that few of President Trump's most ardent supporters really believed the embassy would actually be moved, few are now expressing much surprise at the backpedaling from what many saw as the candidate's most alarming rhetoric: support for Israel's building of homes in areas it conquered in the 1967 war that the Palestinians claim for their future state.

Trump's election win last November was welcomed by Israel's right wing. "I will not be used in such a manner", Bennett said and continued, "When I go to Israel- and I do intend to go- it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives".

Citing Israeli settlement activity, Palestinian leaders and the former USA administration of Barack Obama have questioned Netanyahu's commitment, which he first made in a 2009 policy speech, to the so-called two-state solution to decades of conflict. But on February 3, Spicer said the settlements were "not helpful".

Netanyahu believes he can strike common cause with Trump, according to diplomats and analysts, by enlisting Sunni-dominated Arab nations in a coalition against Iran and radical Islam, especially Islamic State. The reports also say USA security officials spoke directly to Palestinian intelligence head Majid Faraj.

But to keep Arab allies on board, Israel may need to make concessions to the Palestinians on settlements and other issues, several analysts said. "You are either in or you are out.' Well I'm in".

"I am thinking about the embassy, I am studying the embassy [issue], and we will see what happens", Mr. Trump said.

"While it is a more comfortable administration [to work with], there will still be restrictions", the Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying during the meeting.

In the interview with Israel Hayom, however, the president stated he did not want to "condemn" Israel.

Zirin noted in his letter that although the initial Times of Israel report stated that Martellus Bennett would be attending the trip, that is not the case.

As negotiated by Iran and six world powers, the landmark arms control deal deliberately focused only on easing the threat of nuclear war, not on lesser dangers.

The Trump administration added new sanctions this month after an Iranian missile test, but publicly acknowledged it was not trying to undermine the nuclear deal.

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