Speaking with the Israel Hayom daily from Palm Beach, Florida after his generally strong showing in the Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump called his electoral success "tremendous news for Israel."
Calling himself a friend of Israel, Trump said: "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."
Trump was speaking to the reporter for Israel Hayom, which is owned by the family of major Republican contributor and Netanyahu supporter Sheldon Adelson, at the Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, a private club that Trump owns.
Meanwhile, Trump’s appearance at the upcoming AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington has irked at least one Jewish group, which said it plans to protest at the event.
The group of professionals and clergy, which calls itself “Come Together Against Hate,” says that Trump and his hate speech have no place at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
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