Netanyahu set to meet Trump, as MKs urge candidate be shunned

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd at a Pearl Harbor Day Rally at the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP)
Sources say December 28 powwow was scheduled two weeks ago, before GOP front-runner’s call to ban Muslims from entering US; Arab-Israeli MK seeks to bar Trump from Israel

By Marissa Newman and Raphael Ahren|The Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on December 28, amid calls by a growing number of lawmakers to block the GOP front-runner from entering the Knesset or the country.

The meeting was scheduled two weeks ago, prior to Trump’s widely criticized proposal of a blanket ban on Muslims entering the United States, sources close to the prime minister said on Wednesday.

“Every presidential candidate that wants to may meet briefly with the prime minister,” sources said, according to an Army Radio report. “Netanyahu does not agree with every statement made by every candidate.”

Dozens of Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday wrote an urgent letter to Netanyahu asking him to cancel the meeting, Channel 2 reported.

Earlier Wednesday, Meretz legislator Issawi Frej submitted a request with Interior Minister Silvan Shalom seeking to block Trump from entering Israel during his upcoming visit.

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