Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:13PM
US Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz speaks to voters during a campaign event, February 19, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.
US Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz speaks to voters during a campaign event, February 19, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.

US Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says he will ignore Palestinians and serve Israel, if he wins the race to the White House in November.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in South Carolina on Friday night, Cruz condemned his GOP rival Donald Trump for saying he would not meddle in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Just this week, Donald Trump said on a TV program that he would be neutral between Israel and the Palestinians," Cruz said.

"Let me tell you this: As president, I have no intention of being neutral. As president, I will be unapologetically alongside the nation of Israel," the Texas senator stated.   

He added that "left-wingers" believe in maintaining their neutrality in the conflict because "they buy into the media's false moral equivalency."

"There is a different between right and wrong. There is a difference between terrorists who strap nails around their chests and go into a mall to murder women and children and the armed forces protecting the innocents in Israel," continued Cruz, who is desperately seeking more funding from pro-Israeli American donors. 

This week, Trump said he does not want to wade into the decades-long conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

Donald Trump speaks to supporters on the eve of South Carolina's primary on February 19, 2016 in North Charleston. (AFP photo)
The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

Talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have been stalled due to Tel Aviv’s continued settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlement colonies built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

Under international lawall Israeli settlements are illegal.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraws from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

Trump earlier this week warned that making a peace deal between Palestinians and Israelis may not be possible, but he promised to "give it one hell of a shot" if elected president.