Buchanan: Hillary, Trump ‘Probably Agree’ on the West Bank

Columnist Pat Buchanan stated that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “probably agree” on the West Bank and that he agrees with Trump, adding, “if you’re going to be an honest broker, you’re going to have to push both sides [in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] to make concessions” one of which would be “a Palestinian entity in Jerusalem” on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.”

Buchanan said, in response to a question on whether Hillary and Trump agree on Palestine and Israel, “I think on the West Bank, John, they probably agree, and frankly, I agree with Donald Trump on this. He said he’s very strongly pro-Israel, but if you’re going to get into a negotiation between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Palestinians are going to have to give up the right to return to what is now Israel. Israel’s going to have to agree to an entity, a Palestinian entity in Jerusalem. Both sides are going to have make concessions to get any kind of deal. And while you may be pro-Israel and back Israel, if you’re going to be an honest broker, you’re going to have to push both sides to make concessions. So, I think what Trump said is not the popular thing. It’s not the political thing. It’s not going to make him any gains, but it’s the only way you’re going to get a deal.”

Buchanan’s comments came after the show played clips of Trump saying, “I would love to do something with regard to negotiating peace, finally, for Israel, and for their neighbors. And I can’t do that as well, as a negotiator, I cannot do that as well if I’m taking big, big sides.” And Hillary stated, “Moving toward a two-state solution, trying to provide more support for the aspirations of the Palestinian people, is in the long term best interests of Israel.”

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