US President-elect Donald Trump urges Israel to 'stay strong'

US President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticise the Obama administration's stance towards Israel.
US President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticise the Obama administration's stance towards Israel.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday (Dec 28) chided the Obama administration for its stance toward Israel, shortly before the US secretary of state was set to deliver a speech regarding international opposition to Israeli settlement building.

"We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the US, but.......," Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

"Not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!" he added, referring to when he takes over the White House from Democratic President Barack Obama.