Trump considering visit to Temple Mount

Sources say the presidential candidate has already tasked his staff with determining feasibility of visit to the holy site.

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US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is reportedly weighing a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

According to the Jerusalem Post, the business mogul has already asked his staff to examine the logistics of a visit to Judaism's holy site when he visits Israel later this month. 

Israeli officials have apparently been made aware of his plans to visit the Temple Mount - one of the focal points of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians - and are concerned he may make some sort of statement that will hurt Israel internationally. 

Trump announced he would visit Israel last week, in a speech to Jewish members of the Republican party in Manassas, Virginia.

He has since sparked controversy at home and abroad for calling to bar Muslims from entering the United States, with Arab MKs in Israel urging to ban Trump from visiting the country. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to meet with Trump despite the controversy, but sources close to Netanyahu told Channel 10 on Wednesday that the Prime Minister "does not agree with everything the candidate [Trump - ed.] has said." 

In response, 37 Knesset members signed a letter on Wednesday afternoon demanding that Netanyahu condemn Trump's "racist" remarks and cancel the scheduled meeting, at least until he retracts the comments.

MK Michal Rozin (Meretz), who initiated the letter said, "While other world leaders condemn the Republican presidential candidate's racist and outrageous remarks, Netanyahu gives him a hug."

The Prime Minister's Office stressed that the meeting with Netanyahu was scheduled before Trump made the incendiary comments and Jerusalem sees no reason at this stage to cancel. 








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