Donald Trump starts to flex muscles on foreign policy – even before he takes office


Donald Trump has made his most strident entry yet into the failing Middle East peace process, with a blistering attack on the Obama administration that signalled his intention to stand behind Israel in the escalating stand-off.

In the latest and clearest attempt by the incoming president to assert his authority ahead of his inauguration next month, Mr Trump accused Barack Obama of showing “total disdain and disrespect” towards Israel.

His comments – delivered on Twitter along with an accusation that the president was erecting “roadblocks” for his transition – came as Secretary State John Kerry launched an unprecedented attack on Israel. He accused Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of being most right-wing in Israel’s history, and said it was driven by extremist elements.​

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