Rubio Plugs Israel Support Ahead of Vital Florida Primary

Campaign statement said the candidate will be joined by Jewish and national security leaders at Temple Beth El in Palm Beach on Friday, ahead of a contest that may make or break his candidacy.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio holds up a supporter's sign at a campaign rally on the eve of Super Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma February 29, 2016.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, in the fight of his political life to win his home state of Florida in the Republican presidential primaries, will take questions on his Israel policy at a Palm Beach synagogue.

On Thursday, a statement from the Rubio campaign said the candidate will be joined by Jewish and national security leaders at Temple Beth El in Palm Beach on Friday “to discuss his commitment to stand with Israel.”

Rubio, who trails front-runner Donald Trump in the polls in Florida, must win the state’s primary on Tuesday if he is to keep his presidential bid alive after suffering bad losses in a number of contests. He has been subjected to attacks by Trump, a billionaire real estate developer who maintains a second home in the state.

Rubio and other Republican rivals have taken Trump to task for saying he would be neutral in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace.