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Trump would back Israel annexing parts of Judea and Samaria


A senior official in the Donald Trump campaign has said that if elected president, Trump would back Israel annexing portions of Judea and Samaria.

In an interview with Haaretz, Trump’s co-adviser on Israeli affairs, David Friedman, addressed issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how the presumptive republican nominee would handle them if elected in November.

“I think there are parts of the West Bank that will stay part of Israel in any peace deal. I am sure he [Trump] wouldn’t have any problem with that at all,” he said.

“Regarding the entire West Bank I think that’s a legal issue. I don’t think he will have a problem with that but he would expect Israel to continue seeking peace. He has no doubt that Israel wants peace,” Friedman continued.

Asked if Trump would support annexing parts of Judea and Samaria, Friedman said  “I would expect that he would. I haven’t had this discussion with him but I expect he would.”

Regarding the Jewish communities, Friedman said that Trump recognizes Israel has a “commitment to its citizens in Judea and Samaria” and says that there is no reason not to continue building.

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