Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee, supports Israeli settlements

Donald Trump. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( After presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dropped out of the Republican presidential race in the wake of a major loss in Tuesday’s Indiana primary, businessman Donald Trump has become the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party against presumptive Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday afternoon, Republican candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich also announced that he is suspending his campaign.

Trump’s likely clinching of the Republican nomination came a day after the real estate mogul continued to distance himself from an earlier campaign assertion that he would remain “neutral” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to make a peace deal. He told the Daily Mail that Israel “was never properly treated” by the U.S. in previous rounds of peace talks.

“I would love to see if peace could be negotiated,” he said.

Trump also expressed support for Israeli settlement construction in Judea and Samaria and for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who Trump called “a very good guy.”

“I think President [Barack] Obama has been extremely bad to Israel,” and the Obama administration-brokered nuclear deal with Iran was “a disaster for Israel,” said Trump.

Trump also questioned why Israel is expected to "put up" with rockets being shot at its civilians by the Hamas terror group from Gaza.

“Who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?” he asked.

Posted on May 4, 2016 .