Trump to CNN: Netanyahu's Condemnation of My Statement Was Inappropriate, but That's OK

Last week, after a number of Israeli lawmakers condemned Trump's statements calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., the Israeli premier also issued a condemnation.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.Credit: AP
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Haaretz

Donald Trump told CNN Sunday that he thought that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's condemnation of his call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. was inappropriate.

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."

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