Trump goes ‘neutral guy’ on Israeli-Palestinian peace

By Cheryl Chumley

Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)
Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Donald Trump, who’s just fallen to second place in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll – but who retains the title of No. 1 candidate among Republicans in South Carolina – told a town-hall crowd in Charleston he didn’t want to take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle because it’s a loser of a discussion.

He also said as commander-in-chief, he would try like “hell” to forge a peace deal between the two sides, the Hill reported.

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“You know,” he said to MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, “I don’t want to get into it.”

He was asked about his position on the conflict that’s waged between Israel and the Palestinians for years, in part over land rights, and to explain his level of optimism to strike a peace deal.

“If I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you [one thing] and the other side now says, ‘We don’t want Trump involved,'” he said, the Hill reported. “Let me be sort of a neutral guy. I have friends of mine that are tremendous business people, that are really great negotiators [and] they say it’s not doable.”

So his conclusion?

“You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal,” Trump said. “So I don’t want to say whose fault it is. I don’t think that helps.”

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He also said that as president, he would seek peace in the Middle East, but an Israeli-Palestinian peace pact is “probably the toughest deal in the world right now to make,” he said, the Hill reported.

“A lot of people say an agreement can’t be made, which is OK, sometimes agreements can’t be made,” Trump said. “I will give it one hell of a shot. I would say if you can do that deal, you can do any deal.”

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