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Trump's erratic style and thirst for a deal has some Israeli officials unnerved

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets President Trump on Feb. 15 in the Oval Office. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets President Trump on Feb. 15 in the Oval Office. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

President Trump's erratic style and thirst for what he has called “the ultimate deal” has some Israeli officials anxious about how much he might give away if he can restart long-stalled peace talks with Palestinians.

As they await his arrival Monday in Jerusalem, Israeli officials are trying to attune themselves to Trump’s free-wheeling approach to diplomacy and a new cast of unlikely, untested advisors, including Trump’s son-in-law and two of Trump’s long-time personal attorneys.

They worry in part because since taking office, Trump has hesitated on his campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. White House officials fear such a relocation would infuriate Palestinians, who also claim the city as their capital.

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