Last night, at a town-hall event in South Carolina hosted on MSNBC Donald J. Trump declined to say which side deserves blame for the violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, adding he wants to remain “neutral” heading into a potential presidency. The New York Times reports:
A voter asked what steps Mr. Trump would take “to establish an agreement between both sides” after so many failed negotiations in the past.
“I think it’s probably the toughest agreement of any kind to make. It has been going on for many years; many friends of mine have been involved; they’re very good businessmen, good negotiators,” Mr. Trump said. “A lot of people say an agreement can’t be made, which is O.K., sometimes agreements can’t be made, not good. But you have both sides really, but you have one side in particular growing up and learning that these are the worst people, these are the worst people, etc., etc.”
When pressed on who is at “fault” for the failure to reach an agreement, Mr. Trump said he didn’t want to say. “Because if I do win, there has to be a certain amount of surprise, unpredictability, our country has no unpredictability. 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 be sort of a neutral guy, let’s see what — I’m going to give it a shot. It would be so great.”
Among the numerous reasons that Donald Trump is completely out of touch with the American Jewish community, we can set this one at the top of the list.