Election 2020

Marco Rubio Hits Trump, Takes Strong Stand for Israel

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at a rally Feb. 21, 2016, in Franklin, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave a powerful defense of Israel in Houston, Texas, on Thursday. He attacked President Obama and Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump for not supporting the Jewish state. If elected president, he promised “a foreign policy of moral clarity,” and that America would take sides (“we’re going to be on Israel’s side”).

Rubio declared that “Israel is the only pro-American, free enterprise democracy in the entire Middle East,” and he promised to support the country against various attacks. He accused the United Nations of being “the new face of anti-Semitism,” saying:

The U.N. is obsessed with Israel. The U.N. doesn’t do anything about Fidel Castro and Raoul Castro, the U.N. doesn’t do anything about North Korea, but every week, they got a new resolution condemning Israel. That’s the new face of anti-semitism in the world, is all these anti-Israeli actions.

They just asked us to support them. Well, we have a president right now that treats the Prime Minister of Israel with less respect than what he gives the Ayatollah in Iran — with less respect than he gives the Ayatollah.

Rubio also attacked Trump for equivocating on the issue of Israel.

The frontrunner in this race, Donald Trump, he says he’s not going to take sides on Israel verses the Palestinians because he wants to be an honest broker. Well, there is no such thing as an honest broker in that, because the Palestinian Authority — which has strong links to terror — they teach little kids, five-year-olds, that it’s a glorious thing to kill Jews. You watch their cartoons, it talks about how great it is to kill Jews.

This is a terrible thing, and they’ve turned down deal after deal after deal. They don’t want a deal. They’ve already said “we want to destroy Israel.” So what are you going to negotiate? The rate of the destruction? The day of the destruction? We will not be an impartial advocate when it comes to the issue of Israel. When I am president, we’re going to take sides, we’re going to be on Israel’s side.

People say they support real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump for “telling it like it is.” But if you want straight talk on Israel, look no further than Marco Rubio.

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