Trump Flip-Flops On Israel: Tells Netanyahu, No New Settlements

Tyler Durden's picture

Having expressed strong support for Israel during his campaign and Obama's lame-duck session, it appears President Trump is shifting gears rather markedly. In a statement issued tonight, The White House commented that "the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal."


Statement by the Press Secretary

"The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years.


While we don't believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.


As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region.


The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month."

The New York Times reports: The White House noted that the president “has not taken an official position on settlement activity,” but said Mr. Trump would discuss the issue with Mr. Netanyahu when they meet Feb. 15, in effect telling him to wait until then.

Emboldened by Mr. Trump’s support, Israel had announced more than 5,000 new homes in the West Bank since his Jan. 20 inauguration.


The statement resembled those issued routinely by previous administrations of both parties for decades, but Mr. Trump has positioned himself as an unabashed ally of Israel and until now had never questioned Mr. Netanyahu’s approach. Mr. Trump picked as his ambassador to Israel a financial supporter of West Bank settlement, and he harshly criticized former President Barack Obama in December for not blocking a United Nations resolution condemning settlements.

Mr. Netanyahu vowed earlier on Thursday to continue settlement construction in the West Bank while attending a memorial service marking fourth anniversary of the death of Ron Nachman, a founder and longtime mayor of the settlement of Ariel.

“There are perhaps 20,000 residents here today and I promise you: there will be many more,” Mr. Netanyahu said. “Just recently the government I head approved another 1,000 units, which means 5,000 people, and means significant growth. There is no way that Ariel will not be part of the state of Israel – it will always be part of the state of Israel.”

With the Trump administration putting the brakes on the embassy move also, all eyes and ears will now be on that mid-feb meeting between the two leaders.

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Looney's picture


Trump’s next Executive Order should bar all Congressional Libtards/Neocons from using the Capitol Hill’s… outhouse.  ;-)


Croesus's picture


Poor Bibi must be furious, the fucking weasel that he is.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Croesus Feb 2, 2017 7:30 PM


I had a feeling he wasn't on board, I was right .

Thank God!

Cheka_Mate's picture

America First!! 

No more ME Proxy Wars 

Look at Schumer, they don't even support us on American soil 

End the hypocrisy 

Normalcy Bias's picture

Amen. Why do the American People owe Israel it's existence? 

TBT or not TBT's picture

The Donald said "may" not be helpful.    In weasel-speak, this is known as the conditional.   AKA wink wink give it a whirl Israel, is something that could mean.   

Paul Kersey's picture

When it comes to Netanyahu, there are only two words I'd like to hear Trump use on him. "You're fired." Although, "fuck you" would also be apropos.

Paul Kersey's picture

Trump will impress me when he cuts off the $3 billion a year the U.S. taxpayers are forced to give Israel. Now that is some serious "taxation without representation".

TBT or not TBT's picture

OTOH, the Israelis would be obliged to "fight them over there".  And they are good at it.  

farflungstar's picture

maybe once upon a time, but not now.

Notice how they don't bother Lebanon anymore since Hezbollah punched them in the dick in '06?

All Kikestanis know is killing civilians and bombing infrastructure - war crimes.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Looks like 3.8 Billion.

The U.S. Agrees to Give Israel Record $38 Billion in Military Aid ...
Sep 13, 2016 ... The U.S. Just Agreed to Give Israel $38 Billion in Military Aid ... of at least $38 billion in U.S. military aid and the 10-year pact is expected to be .... year for disbursement of the aid to Israel as part of the annual budget process.

US, Israel sign historic 10-year, $38-billion military aid deal - Haaretz
Sep 14, 2016 ... Before signing aid deal with Israel, U.S. says could increase budget in case of emergency. The deal does not prevent Israel from requesting ...

Israel to get $38 billion in U.S. military aid over 10 years - POLITICO
Sep 13, 2016 ... WASHINGTON — The United States will provide Israel's military with $38 billion during the next 10 years, officials said Tuesday, the largest ...


How much is a Shekel by the way? Israel Budget =
1 Trillion ILS = $266.075 Billion USD

$1 USD = 3.75853 ILS (hm... good time to visit the Holyland? lol)

Israeli lawmakers approve nearly 1 trillion shekel 2017-18 budget ...
Dec 22, 2016 ... Israel's parliament early on Thursday gave final approval to the

Oliver Klozoff's picture

It's obumma's fault.


That actually felt good to write.

beemasters's picture


"Stop announcing" unfortunately isn't the same as "stop building".

zippedydoodah's picture

Any Middle Eastern Nation, except Israel, should be allowed to build housing anywhere they like in Washington DC.

zeronetwork's picture

Looking at the first few days of trump and his decisions he made remarkably bold and right decisions about business and economy but when it comes to social and political issues he treats world like he treats ivanka.Outside America world is rapidly approaching for their issues ttoward China and Russia.AAfter ccompletely isolating from the world and surrounded by walls tribe will rule over Americans.IMHO



Oliver Klozoff's picture

Trump seems to have an infallible sense of fairness imo, most definitely in his opinion as well.

Look at his moves so far, the nafta, tpp takedowns...No doubt he has asked the question Norm Bias asked, and will soon present them with a bill for "services rendered". I take it to mean further expansion is on the table and israel will have to pay.

groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) Normalcy Bias Feb 2, 2017 9:02 PM

Because they make the fake money, they make the rules

Cynicles's picture

"Why do the American People owe Israel it's existence?"

Why does israel own America?

for those who don't know, look into it

InnerG's picture

The answer can be said in one word; usury.

Site's picture

I have been emailing, using twitter etc. begging him not to continue wasting American blood in that part of the world, fuck them all.

BabaLooey's picture

I called this a month ago.

Trump - whooooopin some shit on BiBer.....


junction's picture

Trump knows that dealing with Israel and its Rothschild satanist supporters is just like walking into a steel cage fight.  Trump will find out his experience dealing with the New York mob-controlled construction unions was good training for dealing with the Israel lobby. 

Obadiah's picture

Swap drain #6 - "commence operation"

ZeroSense's picture

Its painfully obvious you Americans dont understand Israel, and especially Netanyahu.. Netanyahu wants Trump to say "no stop building", so Netanyahu can tell the hawks I cant do this or that - Otherwise he will be replaced if Trump lets him take more land but then he doesn't bcoz the law or courts wont let him.. You see there are some laws still in place in Israel believe or not, and Netanyahu is trying to stay legal and keep both sides happy.. Which is why he gives them little by little but takes years i.e. the 5000 new homes and not 25000.. Most of these planning permissions were obtained by the previous government..

The real test for Trump is Iran and how he deals with Russia and China (north Korea is just an excuse to put first strike capability in place)

The central planners's picture

Dont hype too much this statement is too little too late. In other words bullshit. Btw Today UN rep told Russia must return Crimea to the nazis.

Treason Season's picture

Donald, if you stop this Palistinian genocide I will have your back for forever and ever.

shovelhead's picture


4 out of 5 Drama Queens prefer it.

TBT or not TBT's picture

it's a reality show called The Most Pathetic Victim.   

Billy the Poet's picture

Too funny considering the fact that simply intoning the word "holocaust" supposedly justifies Zionists killing Palestinians, Syrians, Brits, Americans -- you know the whole goy line up.


Crush the cube's picture

Well, they are the "prey for the piece of Israel."

Rusty Shorts's picture

well girls , woman , womyn and every other combination of homo spaien : ~ we guessed our dog done damedest to try and do something lotto riffic real TRUMP !!!!

peddling-fiction's picture

Interesting development.

balolalo's picture

meh, softest language ever. 

no bite.    all optics.

bulldozers still digging.  

Croesus's picture

Oy vey, did you hear about the new Jewish sports car?

It stops on a dime, and picks it up.

TBT or not TBT's picture

In Jew economics though, aren't all dimes already picked up?  

TheMeatTrapper's picture

You should make billion dollars, get elected President and show us how it's done.

FinMin's picture

Bibi is getting cut loose before he goes to jail.

general ambivalent's picture

The Orange Disaster also says Russia must return Crimea if sanctions are to be lifted.

07564111's picture

Crimea will remain Russian until the end of time.

general ambivalent's picture

Maybe, but looks like they may have to survive a nuclear holocaust to keep it.

07564111's picture

As will you ;) and this is not a case of 'maybe'.

general ambivalent's picture

lmao. You dumbasses cannot justify this. Downvote away, but you know this is a terrible move and you were all on Russia's side when it happened.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

What goes on between Russia and Crimea is their business, not ours. Only a dumbass like yourself can't understand that.

general ambivalent's picture

You must be retarded. It's your Golden Boy who is stirring up shit and making it your business. I understand it perfectly well and predicted this shit was going to happen.

"The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea,"

07564111's picture

FWIW ... I perfectly understood the reason for your comment. I simply stated a fact. The sanctions will, if this is the decision of Trump, last for ever because Crimea will never return to Ukraine and , by extension Western NATO powers. It's simply to valuable, both strategically and military/scientifically for Russia to 'give' to anyone.