Netanyahu Cautions Ministers to Stop Publicly Predicting Trump’s Israel Policies

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meeting at the Trump Tower in New York, September 25, 2016. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned his cabinet ministers not to turn to the media with their predictions of what US President-elect Donald Trump’s policy will be toward Israel.

“Allow the incoming administration to formulate – together with us – its policy vis-à-vis Israel and the region, through accepted and quiet channels, and not via interviews and statements,” Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Netanyahu told the cabinet of his phone conversation last week with Trump, whom he said “expressed very deep friendship for Israel, a friendship which has characterized him and, I must add, also the team around him, for many years. (Donald Trump addressing the AIPAC conference)

“In recent years, we have wisely and responsibly managed our relations with the United States – the greatest and most important of our allies – and we will continue to do so in the coming months and years,” Netanyahu said.

He explained that Trump has invited him to come to the United States at the earliest opportunity.

On Friday, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he wanted to help broker a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.“I want peace. My hand is extended in peace,” Netanyahu said at a memorial service on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem on Sunday marking the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin 21 years ago.

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