Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE, who said that’s the same “moral relativism” displayed by Democrats like President Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump: I'd rather run against Biden Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 George Conway says new rape allegation against Trump 'is more credible' than Juanita Broaddrick 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 Hussein ObamaTrump: Officials doing 'fantastic job' with detained migrant children given 'circumstances' Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Ghosts of 2016 primary haunt Democrats 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 Antonio RubioGOP lawmaker on Iran: Congress should vote on 'what's worthy of spilling American blood and what isn't' The Memo: Can Trump run as an outsider? Trump faces skepticism about Iran war authority from both parties 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."