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Trump delays Israel trip, as Netanyahu criticizes his Muslim entry ban proposal

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Donald Trump is postponing his trip to Israel, originally planned for later this month, until "after I become President" of the United States.

That trip had been scheduled to include a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which Israeli officials said was originally arranged two weeks ago — before the billionaire developer called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States.

Netanyahu himself — who drew criticism earlier this year, on the eve of his own reelection, when he warned supporters that "the rule of the right is in danger" because "Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls" — distanced himself from the billionaire's proposal Wednesday, tweeting that he "rejects Donald Trump's latest comments about Muslims." He attributed his earlier decision to meet with the GOP front-runner to a uniform policy of meeting with all U.S. presidential candidates who visit Israel and ask to speak with him.

In October, the prime minister asserted that a Palestinian religious leader -- the  grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini -- gave Adolf Hitler the idea to annihilate the Jews.

His remarks, which even his supporters called a misreading of history, were widely mocked. Netanyahu said later he had been misunderstood.

Trump is slated to speak at a law enforcement event in Portsmouth, N.H., on Thursday evening.

Here's what Donald Trump has said about Muslims since 2011. (Video: Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)