President Donald Trump wants Israel to be placed on the United Nations Security Council’s “death list,” according to a letter sent to the U.N. General Assembly that was obtained by the Associated Press.
The letter, obtained by AP on Thursday, was obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and is unsigned.
The Trump administration had previously expressed support for the idea of the United States and Israel going to war in the Middle East.
Israel is on the Security Council but has yet to vote.
Trump has called the war a “red line” that must be crossed, saying the U., which is not a member of the U, would be at war if it crossed that line.
Israel has said it would be a “very, very big mistake” to consider such a move.
Israel’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday that Trump was right about Israel being on the “death” list.
“We do not recognize the legitimacy of a two-state solution that is based on 1967 borders and that has been the goal of the Palestinian people,” the statement said.
The U.S. and Israel are locked in a war of words that began when Trump said in March that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be “totally out of his depth” if he tried to revive peace talks between the two sides.
The dispute escalated in July when Netanyahu threatened to send U.K. troops to the Gaza Strip, a territory that Israel captured in the 1967 war and occupied with Israel’s consent in the war.
Trump said that Israel should not be allowed to build in the West Bank.
The White House has denied Israel’s annexation of the territory.