Trump questions possibility of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal
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GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE said in an interview published Thursday that he considers brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine “the toughest deal” in diplomacy. 


“I have a real question as to whether or not both sides want to make it,” he told The Associated Press.  

Trump added that he would give himself six months for solving the longstanding conflict if he wins the White House in 2016.

“I have my feelings on it, but I’m just not going to discuss it now, because if I end up in the midst of a negotiation, I don’t want people saying, ‘Well, you can’t do that, you’re not going to be good, you’re biased,’” the outspoken billionaire told the AP. "I want to be very neutral and see if I can get both sides together.”

Trump refused to comment on whether he would support the same two-state solution currently advocated by the Obama administration.

“Well, I’m not even going to say that,” the New York business mogul said. "Look, we show our cards too much in negotiations.”

Trump also noted greater concerns with “one side in particular” but did not elaborate. 

The real estate tycoon also told the news service that he believes Israel has the most leverage in the current standoff.

“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 said.

“That may not be OK, and I understand that, and I’m OK with that,” he added. "But then you’re just not going to have a deal.”

Trump revealed that he intends on planning a trip to Israel in the near future, most likely “sometime after Christmas” and meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“[I am] a big, big fan of Israel,” he said, according to the AP. "You know, I’m going over there pretty soon and I want to see him, I want to see other people, I want to get some ideas on it.  

“I think if I get elected, that would be something I’d really like to do,” Trump added of a peace deal, "because there is so much death, so much turmoil, so much hatred. As a single achievement, that would be a really great achievement.”