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Trump, ahead of Kerry speech, urges Israel to 'stay strong'
December 28, 2016 / 2:38 PM / a year ago

Trump, ahead of Kerry speech, urges Israel to 'stay strong'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chided the Obama administration for its stance towards Israel, shortly before the U.S. secretary of state was set to deliver a speech regarding international opposition to Israeli settlement building.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump waves to reporters after meeting with Carlyle Group founder and CEO David Rubenstein at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but.......,” Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

“not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” he added, referring to when he takes over the White House from Democratic President Barack Obama.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli

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