U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he is postponing a trip to Israel, saying he will reschedule talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanuyahu after he becomes president.
Trump made the remark on Twitter amid protests by Israeli lawmakers, both left and right wing, over his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
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 U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015
News reports this week had said a meeting between Trump and Netanyahu in Israel was scheduled to take place December 28.
At least 37 Israeli legislators, most from the opposition, who make up almost a third of the 120-seat Knesset, signed a letter to Netanyahu calling on him to cancel the meeting unless Trump withdraws his comments.