After Netanyahu distances himself, Trump postpones trip to Israel

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in Manassas, Virginia, on December 2, 2015Donald Trump is postponing his planned trip to Israel, he announced Thursday, just a day after the Jewish state’s prime minister criticized the White House hopeful’s inflammatory anti-Muslim proposals. The frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on December 28, but changed plans after his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States met with a chorus of international condemnation. Facing a backlash over his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu’s office on Wednesday issued a statement saying the prime minister “rejects” his remarks on Muslims, and that their planned encounter was simply in line with an established practice of meeting visiting US presidential candidates.

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