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Trump Says Obama ‘The Worst Thing That’s Ever Happened To Israel’ While Obama’s Envoy In Israel Launches Fresh Attack On Jewish State

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Republican front runner Donald Trump said during an exclusive interview with the Brody File on CBN News he believes President Barack Obama is “the worst thing” that’s ever happened to Israel.

The presidential candidate also promised to be ‘very good to Israel and to move the American embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

“I will be very good to Israel,” Trump said. “I will back Israel. We have a president that I think is the
worst thing that’s ever happened to Israel, but I’ll be backing it very strongly. They’re our best ally in the Middle East.”

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Trump also told CBN News he was very sad about the nuclear deal with Iran and called the agreement a ‘tremendous liability to Israel’ that will ‘actually lead to nuclear proliferation.’

Trump made his remarks on the same day a new row between the Obama administration and the Israeli government erupted.

Obama’s envoy to Israel, Dan Shapiro, told the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Israel the Obama administration is “concerned and perplexed by Israel’s strategy on settlements.”

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“This government and previous Israeli governments have repeatedly expressed their support for a negotiated two-state solution — a solution that would involve both mutual recognition and separation. Yet separation will become more and more difficult if Israel plans to continue to expand the footprint of settlements,” Shapiro said during his address to the conference.

Shapiro’s remarks about the difficulty to come to separation because of Israel’s continuing settlement expansion were factually incorrect. Since the beginning of this century expansion of the so-called settlements has taken place only within the boundaries of existing Jewish towns and villages in Judea and Samaria. Furthermore, these towns and villages occupy less than 2 percent of the landmass of Judea and Samaria (so-called West Bank).

Shapiro’s remarks drew a sharp response of the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, which called the remarks “unacceptable and wrong”.

Shapiro’s remark about the expanding of ‘settlements’ was not the only comment he made during his speech that infuriated the Israeli government. Shapiro also questioned “Israel’s vigilance in preventing Jewish vigilante attacks” against Palestinians.

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“As Israel’s devoted friend and its most stalwart partner, we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law in the West Bank,” Shapiro said. The American ambassador claimed “too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response” by Israeli authorities.

“Too much vigilantism goes unchecked, and at times there seems to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law, one for Israelis, and another for Palestinians,” Shapiro asserted.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, speaking in an interview with the Army Radio (Galatz), said Shapiro would be wise to “correct himself” and should recant his comments.

“The U.S. ambassador said a lot of positive things in his speech,” Shaked said. “But he uttered a sentence that was, to say the least, incorrect from a factual and a moral standpoint. It’s something that did not need to be said.

“We are being subjected to a terrorist onslaught that is simply unfamiliar to the U.S., and to pass judgment on us in such a one-sided manner is wrong. It would be appropriate if (Shapiro) corrected himself, and I hope he does that.”

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that Shapiro’s words on the day a mother of six children was brutally murdered by an Arab terrorist in Otniel in Judea “were unacceptable and wrong.”

“Israel enforces the law against Israelis…

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
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