Republican presidential candidate Trump postpones Israel trip amid controversy

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Posted: Dec 10, 2015 7:43 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday postponed his trip to Israel amid a controversy over comments about temporarily barring Muslims from entering the United States.

Trump announced the decision in a post on his Twitter feed and said he would meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "at a later date after I become president of the U.S."

The decision comes just days after Trump provoked an international controversy by calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, remarks that sparked calls in Israel for Netanyahu to cancel plans to meet the Republican presidential contender.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by David Alexander)