Trump win could give Israel freer hand with Palestinians

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has said after his election that he hopes to craft “the ultimate deal” between Israel and Palestinians.

But his earlier comments — and those from advisers — have cast doubt on whether he’d ever question Israeli actions or try to broker a deal that would result in a Palestinian state.

U.S. presidents have long struck a delicate balance in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

They stress America’s friendship with Israel and lavish it with aid. But they’ve also tried to negotiate between the two sides and have called out Israel for actions they see as undermining the peace process.

Trump’s role can’t be easily predicted.

He’s a foreign policy novice, but the billionaire businessman takes pride in his deal-making skills and says he’d love to take on this crisis.

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