Donald Trump tells Israel to stop building new settlements

The Trump administration has told Israel to stop constructing new settlements - or expanding others because it "may not help" achieve peace with Palestinians.

Donald Trump tells Israel to stop building new settlements

The Trump administration has told Israel to stop constructing new settlements - or expanding others because it "may not help" achieve peace with Palestinians.

For the first time, the administration confirmed that Trump is committed to a comprehensive two-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict negotiated between the parties.

President Donald Trump has offered his firm support to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a number of occasions, signalling he could be more amenable towards the process of settlement building than his predecessor Barack Obama, who repeatedly condemned their construction.


Trump has also characterised Obama actions towards Israel as weak and accusing him of treating the country with "disdain."

Trump plans to bring up the peace process in his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House scheduled for February 15.

On Thursday, Netanyahu reiterated his support for the settlement enterprise and said, during a visit to Ariel, that in the last week alone he had announced the advancement and authorization of 900 homes in that city.

Until now, Israeli officials have not known what to make of Trump administration policy on the issue of settlements specifically and, more generally, on the challenge of Middle East peace: Under Trump’s leadership, reference to a two-state solution was removed from the Republican Party platform over the summer, and the president’s envoy to Israel has publicly supported the settlement enterprise.