Trump wrote Thursday that he is postponing the trip, which had become problematic for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Viewed as a Republican Party supporter and with much in common with Trump, Netanyahu’s position became risky after Trump called for keeping Muslims from entering the US and making controversial comments to a Jewish group.
Trump has the GOP in turmoil over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, following last week’s mass shooting by an Islamic terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
The GOP presidential candidate, who has maintained a wide lead in most early polling, sparked criticism among many American Jews last week after speaking to a gathering of Jewish donors. He was booed after refusing to endorse Yerushalayim as the undivided capital of Israel. The United States, like most of the international community, refuses to recognize Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital and says the city’s status must be resolved in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.