Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign MORE is standing by his commitment to remaining neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

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At Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate in Miami, Trump was asked if he would continue not to pick sides even after a young American West Point graduate was murdered in a terrorist attack at the hands of the Palestinian Authority. 

Trump said that the only way to reach a peace agreement between the two would be for him to enter as a neutral actor who could broker a deal. 

“I will tell you, 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. 

Trump immediately came under fire from Ted CruzTed CruzThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Kimmel: Let’s make Trump a king so he has no power MORE, who said that’s the same “moral relativism” displayed by Democrats like President Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents High-ranking FBI official leaves Russia probe OPINION | Steve Bannon is Trump's indispensable man — don't sacrifice him to the critics MORE

“We need a president who understands the national security interests of this country,” Cruz said. 

“The reason we’re friends and allies with Israel, they are a liberal democratic country that shares our values, our strongest ally in the region … and the Palestinian Authority that Donald and Hillary Clinton and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president CNN's Don Lemon: Anyone supporting Trump ‘complicit' in racism DOJ warrant of Trump resistance site triggers alarm MORE say they want to treat neutrally, the same as Israel, is in unity with Hamas, a terrorist organization that pays the families of terrorists who murder these people.”

Marco RubioMarco RubioScarborough: Trump has chosen the 'wrong side' THE MEMO: Trump reignites race firestorm RNC spokeswoman: GOP stands behind Trump's message 'of love and inclusiveness' MORE also fired back on Trump's position. 

"There is no peace deal possible with the Palestinians at the moment. There just isn't, because there's no one to negotiate with. The Palestinian Authority is not interested in a serious deal, and they are now in union with Hamas, an organization whose specific purpose is the destruction of the Jewish state."