By COLlive reporter
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump told Israel Hayom reporter Boaz Bismuth that “My success is tremendous news for Israel.”
Speaking at his Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Beach, Trump said his win in Florida on Super Tuesday was “a big day for America and Americans and it is also a big day for me, I must admit.”
Asked if his success is good news for Israel, Trump answered: “It’s tremendous news for Israel. Your friend is leading in the primaries. I’ve always been your friend, even at the toughest moments. And that’s not going to change. I love you.”
The reporter asked about the Iran nuclear deal, backed by President Barack Obama, which Trump called “bad” but would not reverse it like his Republican rivals promised.
“There are some things I don’t want to talk about, it would not be wise,” Trump said. “But if we’re talking about good news for Israel, then of course it is less good news for those who don’t like Israel.”
Trump speaks about staying “neutral” in the Israel-Palestinian conflict
Trump’s relationship with Israel and the Jewish community is being placed front and center this week as he cancelled a debate appearance to speak at a pro-Israel conference in Washington, DC.
Trump is one of the presidential candidates that confirmed their attendance at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”) this Monday.
“I’m making a very major speech in front of a very important group of people,” Trump said on Fox News, explaining why he backed out of the Republican debate in Salt Lake City, UT. The debate was subsequently cancelled.
Trump’s rivals, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich are also attending the AIPAC conference, Washington Post reported. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden will speak there as well.