Cruz slams Trump for being 'neutral' in Israel-Palestinian conflict

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Ted CruzTed CruzWasserman Schultz drama overshadows Dem convention Juan Williams: Dems must not be complacent against Trump Guess which Cuban-American 2016 candidate best set themselves up for 2020? MORE blasted Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes national lead with 6-point convention bounce Week ahead: Clinton, Dems to tout green agenda at convention Week ahead in health: All eyes turn to Dem convention MORE on Friday for saying he wouldn't wade into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

"Just this week, Donald Trump said on a TV program that he would be neutral between Israel and the Palestinians," Cruz said at a town hall in South Carolina.

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"Let me tell you this: As president, I have no intention of being neutral. As president, I will be unapologetically alongside the nation of Israel."   

Cruz said "left-wingers" believe in staying neutral in the conflict because "they buy into the media's false moral equivalency."

"There is a different between right and wrong. There is a difference between terrorists who strap nails around their chests and go into a mall to murder women and children and the armed forces protecting the innocents in Israel," Cruz said. 

"I am not neutral at home between murderers and the innocent citizens murderers are targeting. I am not neutral at home or abroad between radical Islamic terrorists and the targets of their terror."

This week, Trump said he wants to be a "neutral guy" in the decades-long strife between the Israelis and Palestinians. While he warned that making a deal between the two sides may not be possible, he promised to "give it one hell of a shot."

Late last year, Trump drew boos from a group of prominent Jewish conservatives for refusing to take a side on whether America should recognize Jerusalem as the nation's capital. For decades, the White House has remained neutral on the issue by considering Jerusalem an international city and housing its embassy in Tel Aviv, drawing the ire of many who say America should side with Israel and move that embassy to Jerusalem. 

Trump later told The Hill that he believes Jerusalem to be Israel's capital. 

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