Top Trump Adviser: Israeli Settlements Don't Pose 'Obstacle to Peace'

Jason Greenblatt's comments mark a stark departure from America's stance that West Bank settlement construction complicates a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Builders working on the Givat Ha'universita neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.
Emil Salman

Top Donald Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt told Army Radio on Thursday that the president-elect doesn't think Israeli settlements should be condemned and they don't pose an "obstacle to peace."

Greenblatt's comments would mark a stark departure from the long-time American stance that Israeli construction in areas captured in the 1967 war makes it more difficult to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Greenblatt is the chief legal officer and executive vice president at the Trump Organization. He has been tapped by Trump as his top adviser on Israel.

Israel and the U.S. are close allies but relations were often tense between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mainly over Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.