Trump Offers a Peek Inside His AIPAC Speech, Vows to Broker Peace Between Israel, Palestinians

The controversial GOP front runner tells ABC television he sees it 'in Israel's interests' to make peace with Arab neighbors.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a press conference following his victory in the Florida state primary, West Palm Beach, Florida, March 15, 2016.
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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump told ABC television on Sunday that in his AIPAC speech the following day he would pledge to try and broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, if he's elected in November.

Monday's planned speech by Trump has stirred some anxiety among many AIPAC supporters as he's seen his previous comments about Israel have not been as outspokenly sympathetic as those of his main rivals.

 "A deal would be in Israel's interests," Trump said, according to Politico. He also asserted "there is nobody more pro-Israel than I am."

"I don't know one Jewish person that doesn't want to have a deal," Trump said. "If I win, I'm going to be giving that a very good shot."

When asked what kind of agreement he would seek, the billionaire declined to give details other than to say that a good deal is not like an "Obama-type deal," according to the Washington Examiner.

Trump said further he would likely go into more detail about the terms of a possible peace settlement when he speaks to AIPAC.

"You're going to hear what I'm going to say at the speech and I'll save it for that," he told interviewer George Stephanopoulos, as reported by Jewish Insider.

"We would like to see, and everybody would like to see, a real deal be made, not a deadl that's going to be broken, a real deal being made, something that can be lasting," Trump said.

Trump has faced attacks in the past for saying he would be neutral in negotiating between Israel and the Palestinians, and stopping short of voicing the same kind of outright support for Israel as some of his GOP rivals.

Jewish leaders have also voiced concern about his remarks disparaging Muslims and other minorities and the support he enjoys from anti-Semitic groups.