Donald Trump deserves to be criticized after he questioned Israel's commitment to peace, says a U.S.-born Israeli author and Middle East expert.
Trump said in an interview that peace will come only if Israel is willing to "sacrifice certain things."
The current front-runner for the GOP nomination told The Associated Press that he doubts if "one side" in the Israel-Palestinian conflict is truly committed to peace.
"They may not be and I understand that, and I'm OK with that," Trump said of Israeli leaders." But then you're just not going to have a deal."
"It seems to be at the very least a yellow light," David Rubin says of Trump's remarks.
Rubin tells OneNewsNow that GOP voters should be "very careful" about choosing a candidate who supports Israel. He says Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio have been "a little more consistent" in showing support for Israel.
Without naming Trump, Rubio took a swipe at him after his remarks.
"Some in our own party actually call for more sacrifice from the Israeli people," Rubio said. "They are dead wrong and they don't understand the enduring bond between Israel and America."
Trump recalled that Associated Press interview when he spoke before a group of Jewish Republicans Thursday (see video below) in Washington, D.C. He told the audience that he had said "people will have to make sacrifices," though he had singled out Israel in the AP interview.
The GOP candidate did tell the audience a few moments later that Israel has "given a lot" but hasn't gotten credit for its effort.
After making that observation, some in the audience booed Trump when he didn't answer a question, which was if he considers Jerusalem the "undivided capital" of Israel.