Trump to address AIPAC 2016 conference

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference later this month, The Hill reported Friday.

AIPAC announced Trump's participation at the conference, to take place March 20-22.

Other speakers at the event will include Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has attended the conference every year in recent years, will speak this year via satellite.

Several lawmakers in addition to Ryan will speak, noted The Hill, including Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

Trump has come under fire as recently as Thursday night, at the latest GOP debate, from his rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for his position of neutrality on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On Thursday night, Trump was asked if he would remain neutral even after an American West Point graduate was murdered in a terrorist attack in Jaffa this week, and replied said he had to remain neutral to broker a peace deal.

“I think if we’re ever going to negotiate a peace settlement … I think it would be more helpful is as a negotiator, if I go in and say I’m pro-Israel, but at least have the other side know I’m somewhat neutral to them so that we can maybe get a deal done,” Trump said.

In a previous debate in Houston, Texas, Rubio accused Trump of showing an "anti-Israel" stance with the neutrality.

Rubio argued that a deal given the current "makeup of the Palestinians is not possible," and vowed to be "on Israel's side every single day." He went on to say a "deal with terrorism" is "not a real estate deal."

Clinton, for her part, has said Trump "missed the mark," with the neutrality comments, but she likewise slammed Cruz for not being "neutral" enough, claiming she would defend Israel – at the same time as she vowed to force through a two-state solution dividing the Jewish state.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209281

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