Donald Trump Headed to Israel: “I’ve Always Wanted to Visit”

December 4, 2015

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Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump will make his way to Israel before the year’s end, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office confirmed. according to The Jerusalem Post.

An anonymous official revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Trump, who has been consistently leading in the polls for the GOP nominee over the last several months.

Netanyahu has a policy of meeting with all major presidential candidates, regardless of party affiliation, should they visit Israel.

While the Trump camp has yet to officially confirm details of the trip, Trump stated on Wednesday that he plans to visit Israel “soon.”

Speaking at a rally in Manassas, Virginia to an audience of Jewish Republicans, Trump said, “I love Israel…Israel is our real strong supporter,” adding that he has “always wanted to visit.”

While Trump has been very outspoken on a host of policy issues, one issue that has remained unclear is how, if elected president, he would take on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

In an interview with the Associated Press published Thursday, Trump said that he would take the first six months of his presidency to analyze whether peace could in fact be achieved.

“If I win, I’ll let you know six months from the time I take office,” he said. “I have a real question as to whether or not both sides want to make it.”

The GOP candidate added that should Israel not want to cut a peace deal with the Palestinians, he would understand.

“A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal –whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things,” Trump explained. “They may not be, and I understand that, and I’m OK with that. But then you’re just not going to have a deal.”

Regarding pushing for a two-state solution as the ultimate goal of peace talks, when asked if that’s something he wishes to achieve, Trump answered: “Well, I’m not going to even say that.”

While Trump acknowledged many presidents have tried and failed to garner peace in the Middle East, he made clear that trying his hand is something he is looking forward to should he be elected president.

“I think if I get elected, that would be something I’d really like to do,” he said. “Because so much death, so much turmoil, so much hatred – that would be to me a great achievement. As a single achievement, that would be a really great achievement.”

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