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Trump: Israel should keep building West Bank settlements

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he’s in favor of Israel’s controversial construction of new settlements in the West Bank.
 
“I think Israel, they really have to keep going, they have to keep moving forward,” Trump told the Daily Mail in a story published Tuesday. “I don’t think there should be a pause.
 
{mosads}”You have hundreds and even, I guess, thousands, of missiles being launched into Israel — who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?”
 
The Obama administration has argued that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement policies damage the potential for a two-state solution.
 
Trump said he considers Netanyahu “a very good guy,” saying he made a campaign ad for the Israeli leader in 2013 and predicting he’d have a good relationship with him as president
 
Trump caught flak during the GOP primary for saying that he’d be “neutral” in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians, arguing it would help him negotiate a peace deal.
 
The businessman also canceled a trip to Israel in December after Netanyahu criticized his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
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