Trump postpones Israel trip as Netanyahu condemns his remark

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump postpones his Israel trip shortly after Israeli PM Netanyahu condemns his anti-Muslim rhetoric

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as if he is sleeping during a Trump for President campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 4, 2015

US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is postponing his Israel trip after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned his call for a ban on all Muslims entering the US.

"I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the US," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement yesterday underlining that his meeting with Trump which was scheduled for December 28 prior to his statement wouldn’t represent an endorsement of him and other presidential candidates.

On Monday, Trump has called for a complete halt on Muslims entering the country until “representatives can figure out what is going on” following the California shootings carried out by a couple who authorities said were radicalised.

Following the deadly shooting, the US President Barack Obama has delivered a national address calling on people to differentiate DAESH and Muslim communities.

“ISIL [DAESH] does not speak for Islam” he said.

“They are a part of cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic Muslim-Americans who reject their hateful ideology.”

His hate-filled rhetoric has attracted worldwide criticism including other presidential candidates and The White House.

The White House Press Secretary John Earnest slammed Trump’s comments on Muslims saying that his proposals to prevent Muslims from entering the country disqualified him from becoming president and urged Republicans to dismiss him immediately.

Nihad Awad from the Council of American-Islamic Relations commented on the proposal saying that the Trump’s words were outrageous.

“It is reckless and simply un-American. Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a lynch-mob than a great nation like ours,” he said.

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