In his campaign’s first foreign policy speech, Republican front runner Donald Trump spoke before the United States’ largest pro Israel group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, saying he would stand with Israel.
The business mogul spoke about his stance on the Middle East, receiving a muted response at the annual confab of the AIPAC. “I didn’t come here tonight to pander to you about Israel. That’s what politicians do: all talk, no action. I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship, and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel,” Trump said in his speech delivered off a telepromoter as reported by TIME.
Trump has received the heat of criticism in the past for being “sort of a neutral guy” on Israel. In addition, he said he would seek to negotiate peace with the Palestinians and said that he will make “probably the toughest deal in the world right now.”
The Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, picked apart Trump for his “neutral” stand on Israeli Palestinian talks, RT reports. “We need steady hands,” Clinton said. “Not a president who says he’s neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday, and who-knows-what on Wednesday, because everything’s negotiable.” The former secretary of state said that the security of Israel “is non-negotiable.”
Clinton spoke about her work as a New York senator and secretary of state, which helped in “deepening and strengthening the US ties to Israel,” which she first visited 35 years ago, and supporting a “secure and democratic homeland for the Jewish people.” She added that the US could not maintain a neutral stand when “rockets rain down on residential neighborhoods, when civilians are stabbed in the street, when suicide bombers target the innocent. Some things aren’t negotiable, and anyone who doesn’t understand that has no business being our president.”