Trump pledges neutrality towards Israel, PA

Republican frontrunner vows neutrality in dealing with Israel and the Palestinian Authority, argues US should be more 'unpredictable'.

David Rosenberg,

Donald Trump
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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, spoke with voters at a televised MSNBC town hall in South Carolina Wednesday night ahead of Saturday’s critical primary vote in the Palmetto State.

When asked by an audience member how he would approach negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Trump pledged to be both neutral and unpredictable.

“Let me be sort of a neutral guy,” Trump said. “There has to be a certain amount of surprise and unpredictability. Our country has no unpredictability.”

On whether he would able to forge a lasting peace as president, Trump admitted it would be a difficult endeavor, but promised to give it “one hell of a shot.”

“A lot of people say an agreement can’t be made,” he acknowledged. “It’s possible it’s not makeable."

When asked by MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough who he felt was more at fault for the Arab-Israeli conflict, Trump refused to give a direct answer, responding “I don’t want to get into it.”

His follow up comments, however, gave some indication of his views on the issue.

“You have one side in particular growing up and learning that these are the worst people – these people are the worst people, et cetera, et cetera.”  

“I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day and he says [a deal is] impossible because the other side has been trained since the time they’re children to hate Jewish people. But I will give it one hell of a shot.”

Trump continues to lead the GOP field nationwide in the Real Clear Politics average of polls, though Texas Senator Ted Cruz has cut into Trump’s lead and is leading in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The New York billionaire is heavily favored to win in South Carolina on Saturday.




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