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The Republican presidential front-runner called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to a shooting spree two week ago by two Muslims who the FBI said were radicalized.
Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper that Netanyahu "modestly condemned" his statement adding that he "thought it was sort of inappropriate that he condemned them, but that's OK. He wanted to condemn them, that's what he does."
Last week, after a number of Israeli lawmakers condemned the statement made by Trump, Netanyahu also issued a condemnation, but fell short of canceling his meeting with Trump. Trump later canceled the meeting himself.
"The prime minister rejects the recent comments by Donald Trump regarding Muslims," a statement by the prime minister's office said Wednesday evening.
"Israel respects all religions and strictly preserves the rights of all its citizens," the statement said, adding that "at the same time, Israel is struggling against the radical Islamism that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews as one and poses a threat to the entire world."