Rubio bashes PA, Trump ahead of big debate

Florida Senator Marco Rubio lambasts Palestinian Authority, hits Trump for 'neutrality' towards Israel, Palestinians.

David Rosenberg,

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On the eve of the last GOP debate ahead of the crucial March 1st “Super Tuesday” vote, when 13 states will hold their primary or caucus, Florida Senator Marco Rubio bashed the Palestinian Authority and hit Trump for his recent promise of “neutrality” vis-à-vis the Arab-Israeli conflict.

During a rally in Houston, Rubio rejected a policy of neutrality towards the PA, noting its support for terrorism and systematic incitement against Jews, AP reported.

"The front-runner in this race, Donald Trump, has said he's not going to take sides on Israel versus the Palestinians because he wants to be an honest broker," Rubio said.

America must side with Israel against the PA, Rubio told the audience, "because the Palestinian Authority, which has strong links to terror, they teach little kids, 5-year-olds, that it's a glorious thing to kill Jews."

Rubio wasn’t the only Republican contender to assail Trump over his comments on Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Texas Senator Ted Cruz responded to Trump’s remarks stating that as president he would “stand unapologetically with the nation of Israel”.

“I am not neutral between murderers and the innocent citizens murderers are targeting,” Cruz said. “I am not neutral at home or abroad between radical Islamic terrorists and the targets of their terror.”

The 13-state vote on Super Tuesday accounts for 661 delegates, or more than half of the number needed to secure the GOP nomination. Texas, with its 155 delegates is the largest Super Tuesday state.