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Trump Won’t Take Sides On Israel And The Palestinians
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Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Sept. 14, 2015. JTA
Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Sept. 14, 2015. JTA

Washington — Donald Trump said he would remain neutral when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, but cited Palestinian incitement as a factor in making the conflict intractable.

Trump, the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nod, was asked at a town hall meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, ahead of Saturday’s primary whether he would tackle Israeli-Palestinian peace.

He said he would give it “one hell of a shot,” although “it’s probably the toughest agreement of any kind to make.”

At the event hosted by MSNBC, Trump said the reason for the conflict’s intractability was the mutual hatred, although he appeared to say this was a bigger problem on the Palestinian side.

“You know, you have both sides, really, but one side in particular growing up learning that these are the worst people, these people are the worst people, etc. etc.,” he said. “I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day, he says it’s impossible because the other side has been trained from the time they’re children to hate Jewish people.”

Moderator Joe Scarborough pressed Trump to name who he believed was at fault, but the real estate magnate and reality TV star declined.

“If I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you, and the other side now says, ‘We don’t want Trump involved, we don’t want,’ let me sort of be a neutral guy,” Trump said. “I don’t want to say whose fault is it, I don’t think it helps.”

CNN simultaneously hosted town halls in the state with three Trump rivals for the Republican candidacy — Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It will host Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday night.

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02/24/2016 - 11:04
2016 presidential race, Donald Trump, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sen. Ted Cruz
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Bernhard Rosenberg

Bernhard Rosenberg I am finally in direct contact with Trump 's closest advisors. At this point I cannot say any more. As I promised my dedicated followers I would not give up. Do not know what will come of this except I still very much like Mr. Trump for my original reasons: I think he will win because of his brilliant business mind and his ability to make correct decisions for the American people as well as regarding Israel. I will let you know if anything positive occurs. Please remember I have been attacked in writing by many. Like Mr. Trump I learned that sometimes one needs to change one's opinions based upon the evidence. This is not flip flopping but rather being decisive and practical. Regarding the radio show on Fox I believe I did well. Can not say more at this time. Will issue a press release later.

Rabbi Rosenberg,
I checked Trump's positions as he describes them on his web page. I find them rather vague and impossible to project how they will work. Like a lot of people, I want to believe that he can improve the way America works, but at this point, it seems like there is a lot of wishful thinking. I would feel a lot better about voting for Trump if I knew he would bring onto his team a lot of top notch cabinet members and advisors. The economy is the key for me, and today, it is a wreck. Productivity is near flatline. Regulations discourage business expansion. Businesses get sued unfairly all the time. Why would I hire someone today when they might turn around tomorrow and sue me? This might need a legal fix. I do not know anyone who would be better at fixing our economy than Mitt Romny. Trump should bring him on board. If you can learn the answers to any of my questions, I would like to hear them.

Trump says he wants to try to negotiate a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Donald does not understand, I believe, that this conflict is not about dividing land or money or water rights. When it involves material goods, Trump is a great deal maker. But this conflict is religious. The Arabs won't abide an independent Jewish state in the Middle East. Neutrality won't work in this conflict. 100% backing of Israel is the only way this conflict will eventually peter out. I am doubling down on my opposition to Trump for President. A good dealmaker knows what to do and when to do it. A better dealmaker knows what NOT to do and when to not do it. Leave Israel alone.

If it is not clear to a candidate for President of the United States that Israel is the good side in the conflict, and has to be supported, then the candidate is not qualified to be President. Period.

US foreign policy on Israel has been ineffective and counterproductive for many decades because of one original sin - the attempt to remain neutral on the conflict. Why? Because conflicts end when one side wins and the other loses. When the 'Palestinians' are artificially propped up by billions in foreign aid and Israel is restrained and criticized by foreign governments, the 'Palestinians' are incentivized to continue their self-destructive struggle. This conflict could end very soon if the US said they are going to back the Jewish state in every conflict against Palestinian aggression. Then and only then will the 'Palestinians' finally realize that resistance to the Jewish state is futile and they will begin to live their lives.

As for Trump, I was neutral on my choice of a Republican candidate. Today I have decided it definitely won't be Trump.

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