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Hillary Clinton campaign position paper on Israel

Posted by jewsforhillary on September 16, 2007

Hillary Clinton campaign position paper on Israel – Sept. 10, 2007

From her first trip to Israel on New Year’s Day in 1982 through her years as a U.S. Senator, Hillary Clinton has a long history of steadfast leadership on behalf of a strong US-Israel relationship. Her connection to the State of Israel, which began when she brought an innovative Israeli preschool education program to Arkansas, has grown, and today, she stands as one of Israel’s leading defenders and supporters in the United States Senate.

The importance of the US-Israel relationship:
Hillary Clinton has a deep and abiding commitment to a strong US-Israel relationship – one rooted in the shared tradition of open democracy, free expression, women’s rights, the rule of law, and reinforced by our shared interest for peace, freedom, and prosperity. She believes that this unbreakable bond, which has been a hallmark of American foreign policy for more than 50 years, must continue to be the cornerstone of America’s Middle East policy. Hillary recognizes that Israel is a most important strategic ally against the scourge of terrorism and radicalism. She has proven this commitment by consistently leading the way in support of legislation that strengthens this mutually-beneficial relationship. “Israel,” she said, “is not only a friend and ally for us; it is a beacon of what democracy can and should be.” [AIPAC 5/24/05]

Standing with Israel against terrorism:
Hillary Clinton believes that Israel’s right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, secure from violence and terrorism, must never be questioned. Having visited Israel more than half a dozen times on both political and personal trips, Hillary has first-hand understanding of the challenges that Israel faces. “It is essential for those of us who care deeply about what is happening in and to Israel, to recognize that Israel’s struggle is a struggle on behalf of a future where people will be able to live with peace and security.” [AIPAC 2/1/07]. Hillary has consistently stood with Israel in its fight against terrorism. She was a strong supporter of Israel’s right to build a security barrier and spoke out against the International Court of Justice for questioning Israel’s right to do so. Hillary introduced legislation calling for the immediate release of the three Israeli soldiers being held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah and co-sponsored a resolution expressing support for Israel during last summer’s war with Lebanon. As a co-sponsor of the Syria Accountability Act, Hillary also believes that the United States must pressure Syria to stop hosting, supporting and sponsoring international terrorist groups that threaten both US troops in the Middle East and our ally, Israel.

Stopping Iran’s nuclear ambitions:
Hillary Clinton believes that Iran’s nuclear pursuit, coupled with its leadership’s despicable anti-Semitic rhetoric, require that the United States do everything it can to deny nuclear weapons to Iran. “U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. And in dealing with this threat, as I have said for a very long time, no option can be taken off the table.” [Speech on the floor of Senate 2/14/07] Hillary has issued statements denouncing the Iranian President’s anti-Israel rhetoric and denial of the Holocaust, and called on Secretary Rice to place the United States at the forefront of delivering a strong, united, and unambiguous condemnation before the international community. Hillary believes that the United States should use every tool in its arsenal – from imposing economic sanctions to siphoning off funds for Iran’s nuclear program to initiating a process of direct engagement with Iran. Since she was elected to the Senate in 2000, Hillary has been a strong leader on legislative action aimed at mounting economic and political pressure on Iran through support of the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act and the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act. Hillary also believes in pursuing vigorous diplomacy with Iran. Just as the US government was engaged in direct talks with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, so today should the US talk to Iran in order to gain valuable insight, intelligence and information about how to pressure its leadership to change course. But Hillary has said that as president she would not commit to personal meetings with leaders of rogue states without conditions, such as Iran. In dealing with our adversaries, she would plan carefully, and lay the groundwork, and make sure that we achieve meaningful progress as the most responsible way to enhance U.S. security.

Securing Magen David Adom’s acceptance into the International Committee of the Red Cross:
Outraged by the exclusion of Magen David Adom from the International Red Cross, Hillary Clinton became a champion for MDA’s cause. She sponsored legislation that limited US contributions to the International Committee of the Red Cross until it recognized MDA, urged the Swiss government to find a solution that would bestow full participation for the MDA, and spoke out tirelessly on this issue. Finally in the summer of 2006, the ICRC righted this historic wrong and admitted MDA into the International Red Cross.

The leading voice against Anti-Semitism in Palestinian schools:
In 1999, Hillary first spoke out against the textbooks used in Palestinian schools, which reject Israel’s right to exist and describe Israel’s founding as “a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history.” Hillary has led the charge against this propaganda which she says indoctrinates instead of educates Palestinian children and actively prevents these young people from seeing Israel as a potential neighbor. As a Senator, Hillary continued to emphasize this issue, most recently joining with Palestinian Media Watch in February 2007 to release a new report that exposed the continuing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic biases in Palestinian schoolbooks.

Rejecting Hamas:
The Hamas terror campaign has claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians in Israel and as a co-sponsor of the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act in 2006, Hillary voted to prevent any U.S. foreign assistance to flow to a Palestinian government in which Hamas was a participant. Hillary believes that Hamas and indeed all Palestinian groups need to demonstrate clearly and unequivocally their commitment to peace by renouncing violence and terror, recognizing Israel’s right to exist, and complying with previously signed agreements.

Foreign aid to Israel:
Hillary Clinton has consistently supported the annual foreign aid bill which in 2007 for Israel contained $2.34 billion in military aid, $120 million for economic assistance, and $40 million for refugee absorption. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hillary also advocates for US-Israel defense and security cooperation and has met with Israeli leaders to discuss shared challenges and common interests.

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23 Responses to “Hillary Clinton campaign position paper on Israel”

  1. MIRYAM SCOVIL said

    WILL HILLORY SUPPORT OPENLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MOVING THE AMERICAN EMBASSY FROM TEL-AVIV TO JERUSALEM?
    WILL HILLORY OPENLY SUPPORT KEEPING JERUSALEM UNITED AND UNDER ISRAELI CONTROL?
    WILL HILLORY OPENLY COMMIT OPENLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO NOT DIVIDE JERUSALEM?
    WILL HILLORY COMMIT OPENLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KEEP THE TEMPLE MOUNT UNDER ISRAELI CONTROL SO ALL RELIGIONS CAN WORSHIP ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT?

  2. HELLO said

    Duh, read the text and you can answer your question before you ask:


    Israel’s right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, secure from violence and terrorism, must never be questioned.

  3. MIRYAM SCOVIL said

    dUH, WILL SHE COMMIT OPENLY, THAT MEANS A PUBLIC STATEMENT AS PART OF HER CAMPAING PROMISE, DUH?

  4. MIRYAM SCOVIL said

    WILL SHE SPEAK OPENLY ON PUIBLIC TELEVISION ,NOT JUST ON THE INTERNET?WE WILL SEE WON’T WE!!! IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW OPEN SHE AND THE OTHER CANDIDATES WILL RESPOND. AND BY THE WAY THESE QUESTIONS WERE POSED TO THE OTHER CANDIDATES AS WELL, NOW JUST HILLORY! IT IS TIME FOR THESE ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED OPENLY DURING THE DEBATES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION! THERE ARE STILL MANY PEOPLE TODAY WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE WWW!BUT MOST HAVE TELEVISION, SO THIS IS WHY IT IS NECESSARY TO DISCUSS THESE ISSUES OPENLY FOR EVERY ONE TO HEAR, WE WANT ACTION NOT JUST WORDS!

  5. augusta dunn said

    I agree totally with the need for Sen. Clinton to make these statements forcefully and unequivically for all the youtube crowd, and everyone else on and under the radar. This will prove that she has the courage to stand tall about an issue that could make or break her quest for the Democratic nomination. In that vein, how about a pact of mutual defense, that will throw the full weight of US behind our stated positions. There also has to be negotiations with our “friends” in the Arab League to tone down the rhetoric inciting hatred against Jews, particularly in the schools. I know we talk about it ., but the call should be out in the open.Let us not forget the duplicity of the Saudis prior to 9/11. This is something that can not be tolerated. Thank you for your attention.

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  7. BIO said

    American and Israeli diplomats have recently revived discussions over our potential financial support of Israel’s August withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Last summer, Israel sought $2 billion, but suspended its request following the Katrina disaster. With popular and congressional attention to New Orleans now dissipating, Israel is again asking American taxpayers for help, although it has scaled back to $1.2 billion in light of popular sentiment and signals from Congress. This amount is supplemental to Israel’s share of our regular foreign aid that has run $3 billion to $4 billion annually for decades.

    Our officials have not publicly responded to the Israel request. When they do, their answer should be a polite but firm “No”. It is reason enough to deny Israel’s request that its settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are illegal. The U.N. Security Council has held so, as has the International Court of Justice. As part of its non-binding but authoritative judgment on Israel’s wall, the International Court of Justice concluded last year that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories violate international law. While the dollars Israel now seeks would fund housing and infrastructure for new communities in Israel for the settlers, paying for these, in effect, compensates Israel for giving back its illegal settlements. Some 94 percent of Americans polled by CNN in July opposed the Israeli request, even before Katrina and heightened public awareness of our own acute domestic needs.

    Still, there are times when principle must surrender to pragmatism. $1.2 billion would be a bargain were it to yield momentum toward a genuine Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    Every indication, unfortunately, is to the contrary. Since the decolonization of the Gaza Strip, Israel has only intensified its colonization of the West Bank, including Jerusalem.

    There, 430,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements built on land seized from Palestinians — and they are expanding every day. A city holy to three great religions is being transformed into the exclusive capital of one group — Jews. Meanwhile Palestinian Christian and Muslim families are slowly squeezed out of neighborhoods they have inhabited peacefully for decades if not centuries. A European Union study released last week determined that Israeli policies toward Jerusalem are not motivated by security, but by demographics, violating international law and Israel’s obligations under the Roadmap to Peace.

    Israel touted the Gaza disengagement as a step forward. Yet in October 2004, Dov Weisglass, advisor and close confidant of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, admitted in an interview in Israel that withdrawal was a way to avoid peace negotiations with Palestinians, consolidate control over the West Bank, and foil the creation of a Palestinian state. No such pronouncements are necessary, however, to the Palestinians. They witness Israel’s continuing relentless seizures of Palestinian lands, demolition of Palestinian homes, construction of the separation wall, and expansion of Jewish-only settlements. Palestinian Christians and Muslims are rendered homeless, stripped of their property, and deprived of any semblance at equal rights with their Jewish counterparts.

    Historically, politicians of both major American parties have been extremely generous to Israel, a country with a per capita income equal to some in Europe. Its annual $3 billion to 4 billion often exceeds a third of our total foreign aid — more than all of sub-Saharan Africa combined. Will our leaders, this time, honor the apparent sentiments of the majority of Americans, or pursue the electoral benefits that seemingly generate their knee-jerk support of Israel?

    As American taxpayers, we must assert ourselves. Our one-sided support of Israel is a key reason for global enmity against us. When we aid and abet Israel’s continuing take over of Palestinian lands, we only deepen our culpability, and frustrate our ambition to restore American credibility in a crucial region of the world.

    Fostering a genuine Middle East peace — one based on justice and equal rights for Jews, Christians and Muslims throughout the Holy Land — would greatly advance our national interests. Such a resolution may cost well more than $1.2 billion, but will be worth every penny. We should save our hard-earned tax dollars to support that peace, not the entrenchment of Israeli colonialism, and the future of conflict and violence it guarantees.

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  11. Mark Bernadiner said

    I hope, now you understand that Clinton and Obama are typical pathological liars, profoundly ignorant idiots, and islamofascist prostitutes, If re-elected, they finish Israel as a staet and land for Jews forever.

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