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    assume the mantle of neutrality

    Hi There;
    I have a sentence inquiry. The passage has been taken from the Economist, "The Republicans broke form to affect civility" article.

    Context:
    Mr Donald Trump: candidate of presidency of USA.
    Senator Cruz: Ted Cuz, candidate of presidency of USA, rival of Mr Trump.
    mantle : 1- a mantle of something is a layer of it covering a surface, for example of snow on the ground.
    2- If you take on the mantle of something such as a prefession or an important job, you take on the responsibilities and duties which must be fulfilled by anyone who has this profession of job.
    avow: If you avow something, you admit it or declare it. (formal)

    Senator Cruz criticised his (Mr Donald Trump's) positions on Iran and on Israel: while avowing that no candidate is more pro-Israel than he is, Mr Trump said he would assume the mantle of neutrality for the purposes of negotiations with the Palestinians—hoping, presumably, that none of them were watching.

    "he would assume the mantle of neutrality for the purposes of negotiations with the Palestinians—hoping, presumably, that none of them were watching."

    I can not understand this sentence? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: assume the mantle of neutrality

    Trump is trying to have it both ways. He says that he is a great friend of Israel (that no other candidate is more pro-Israel then he is), but also states that he will be "neutral" when negotiating between Israel and the Palestinians.

    The comment is that he seems to be speaking as if he hopes that no Palestinians are paying attention to him.

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