Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would back an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a high-ranking adviser to the candidate said Monday.
David Friedman, who last month said Trump would likely support an Israeli annexation of parts or all of the West Bank, told CNN that the business mogul, if elected, would not impose US will on Israel and would not air differences with Israeli leadership in public.
He added that the candidate believed in maintaining Israel’s regional technological and military superiority.
CNN reported that ahead of the Republican convention, some activists are seeking to take advantage of Trump’s candidacy to move the GOP platform further to the right on Israel, removing its expressed support for a two-state solution that even Israel’s leadership backs, at least officially.
Activists styling themselves as the “Iron Dome Alliance” are pushing for removal of any language that prescribes a solution to the Middle East conflict, in favor of a statement that the US will not press Israel to accept any solution that involves territorial concessions.
But one unnamed official who served as a foreign policy adviser to previous Republican administration poured cold water on the suggestion, telling CNN “the idea that we are going to use the platform to get to the right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ludicrous.”
In June Friedman, who serves as Trump’s adviser on Israel along with Jason Dov Greenblatt, told Haaretz that Trump wouldn’t necessarily adopt the positions of previous US presidents in supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
The candidate, he stressed, did not see a Palestinian state as “an American imperative” in any way. “Trump’s position is that we have to deal with reality and not hopes and wishes.”
Trump has been accused of anti-Semitic overtones in a campaign ad in recent days, after posting a picture of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton next to a Star of David superimposed over piles of money. The image may have originated on white supremacist websites.
Trump has claimed it was intended to represent a sheriff’s star.