Donald Trump raised eyebrows in the evangelical Christian community when he said during a GOP presidential debate earlier this year that he would be “neutral” in negotiating a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Now he is talking again about Israel and sounding decidedly more conservative.
In an interview with the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Trump said Tuesday that Israel should continue building settlements in Judea and Samaria.
Trump told the newspaper that, if elected, he’d try to negotiate a genuine and lasting peace, “not a peace that lasts for two weeks and they start launching missiles again.”
In the meantime he said Israel should “keep moving forward” with building Jewish settlements in the territories claimed by the Palestinians.
Trump has repeatedly criticized President Obama’s treatment of the Jewish state and did so again in the Daily Mail interview.