Trump tweeted today that he is postponing the trip, which had become problematic for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Viewed as a Republican Party supporter, Netanyahu's position became risky after Trump called for keeping Muslims from entering the US and making controversial comments to a Jewish group.

Trump has the Republican party in turmoil over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US following last week's mass shooting by an Islamist militant couple that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

Netanyahu's office had said in a statement issued yesterday that he rejects Trump's comments about Muslims but planned to move forward with the meeting with Trump.

The Republican presidential candidate, who has maintained a wide lead in most early polling, sparked criticism among many American Jews last week after speaking to a gathering of Jewish donors. He was booed after refusing to endorse Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

The United States, like most of the international community, refuses to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and says the city's status must be resolved in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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