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Trump Asks Israeli Prime Minister To ‘Hold Back’ Settlements

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WASHINGTON (CBSDFW) – President Donald Trump is asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “hold back” on settlements for a bit.

In a joint press conference with Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday, Trump responded to a question about his position on the expansion of Israeli settlements, asking Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements for a little bit.” He says that a “two state looked like it will be the easier of the two,” but says that if Israel and the Palestinians find an alternative that they like better, he’ll support them.

Trump also says that he’d like to see the U.S. Embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but noted that “we’re looking at it with great care.”

Also during the meeting, Netanyahu urged Trump to “let us seize this moment” to seek new avenues of peace in the Middle East.

Netanyahu says he believes reversing the “rising tide of radical Islam” is also possible with Trump leading the United States.

In his opening statement at a joint news conference, Trump says Israel has no better ally than the United States and the United States has no better ally than Israel. Netanyahu agreed when he said there is “no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.”

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