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ZOA: Senator Clinton Strongly Supports Undivided Jerusalem & Defensible Borders For Israel

Posted by jewsforhillary on October 9, 2007

This is a special note to all those in the community who seek to convince people of this preposterous idea that somehow Hillary and the democratic party is not supportive of Israel and it’s security, and that somehow George W. Bush Amazing acknowlegement from the ultra right-wing  Zionist Organization of America:

October 02, 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Morton A. Klein, 212-481-1500 http://www.zoa.org/2007/10/senator_clinton.htm

Hillary Clinton makes it clear that Israel can’t go back to pre-67 borders

New York — Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has recently reiterated a position she originally enunciated in 1999 when she stated that, “I personally consider Jerusalem the eternal and indivisible capital of Israel” and also called for secure, defensible borders for Israel. Senator Clinton’s office has issued a paper, ‘Hillary Clinton: A Long History of Strong and Steadfast Leadership for the U.S.-Israel Relationship,’ which states that “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” ( New York Sun, September 17).

Senator Clinton’s stance is in line with Congressional support for the indivisibility of Jerusalem. In 1995, the U.S. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which calls for the U.S. Embassy to Israel to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Regrettably since that time, both Presidents Clinton and Bush have exercised waivers to defer implementing this law, passed by overwhelming 90% plus majorities in both Houses of Congress.

Senator Clinton’s support for defensible borders for Israel is also important and consistent with the way these were explicitly defined by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In his last address to the Knesset, delivered on October 5, 1995, one month before his assassination, Prime Minister Rabin said that in his peace vision, the

State of Israel … will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state … “The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines … The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term … [Israel will undertake] the establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria … The responsibility for external security along the borders with Egypt and Jordan, as well as control over the airspace above all of the territories and Gaza Strip maritime zone, remains in our hands.

There is a growing number of military and Middle East experts as well as others who oppose the establishment of a Palestinian State, arguing it would only become another terrorist entity, not a viable democracy. They include former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon; former head of the CIA, R. James Woolsey; Mideast scholar, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, Bernard Lewis; Dr. Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum and former New York Mayor, Rudolf Giuliani. ZOA’s Morton A. Klein has noted that Iran, North Korea, and Syria are sovereign states, yet are not peace-loving in consequence and that statehood does not guarantee a peaceful law-abiding country or society but on the contrary may only strengthen the promotion of violence and extremism espoused by the underlying culture

FLASHBACK: (just sayin…)
Bush’s Call For Return To 1967 Borders Conflicts With Promises Made To Sharon

June 03, 2004  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Morton A. Klein, 212-481-1500 http://www.zoa.org/2004/06/zoa_bushs_call.htm NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is requesting clarification of the apparent contradiction between President Bush’s latest call for Israel to return to the indefensible 1967 borders, and the promise he made to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon less than two months ago that Israel would not be expected to return to those borders.
In his remarks at the United States Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony on June 2, 2004, President Bush described his “Road Map” plan as “the most reliable guide to ending the occupation that began in 1967.”
But in his April 16 meeting with Prime Minister Sharon, at the White House, President Bush said that “it is unrealistic to expect … a full and complete return” by Israel to the pre-1967 borders.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “We respectfully request that President Bush clarify the apparent contradiction between his latest statement and his promises to Sharon. We hope that the administration has not returned to the old State Department position of demanding that Israel retreat to the indefensible 1967 borders, leaving Israel just nine miles wide at its vulnerable mid-section which is why Abba Eban described those borders as ‘Auschwitz lines’.”
The ZOA notes that there have been additional indications that the Bush administration has backtracked on the promises to Sharon, including the May 3 Quartet statement that Israel “must end the Israeli occupation that began in 1967”; the May 6 statement by President Bush, after meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II, that the U.S. would not take any positions that would “prejudice” negotiations over the borders; and President Bush’s May 17 speech to AIPAC, in which he conspicuously failed to reiterate the promises he made to Prime Minister Sharon even though he was speaking to a pro-Israel audience that would have appreciated such a statement.
The ZOA points out that the claim that there is still an Israeli ‘occupation’ of the Palestinian Arabs is a myth. Those parts of Judea-Samaria-Gaza where 98.5% of the Palestinian Arabs reside are under the rule of the Palestinian Authority, not Israel. The Israelis withdrew from those areas during 1994-1997. The PA currently rules more than 80% of the Gaza Strip and more than 40% of the Judea-Samaria territories. Those parts of Judea-Samaria that Israel still controls should be characterized as disputed, not occupied. No other country has a valid legal claim to the area, and even Jordan, which illegally occupied it from 1949-1967, publicly relinquished its claim in a speech by King Hussein back in 1988. Moreover, Israel’s legal, historical, and religious claim to those areas is far stronger than the claims of the Palestinian Arabs or any other party.

Posted in Clinton Campaign, Condi Rice, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Statements, Mort Klein, Republican Jewish Coalition, ZOA | 3 Comments »

Who Backs Israel? Democrats or Republicans? Bushes or Clintons?

Posted by jewsforhillary on October 7, 2007

Hillary Supported Israel, Condi Didnt.

Who ever thought we would see the day in which HILLARY CLINTON would fully support Israel and it’s military action – an attack on Syria to take out nuclear devices – Only to find out a few days later that Bush administration’s own CONDI RICE was against the measure – with the added silly idea that Israel is somehow going to “destabilize” the Middle East. Has she taken a look at Iraq recently? Is it at all stable? Is Iraq still in the Middle East, or has it been relocated to an alternative region?

Posted in Condi Rice, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Israel, Syria | Leave a Comment »

Hillary Clinton: Longtime Advocate For Captive Israeli Sodliers

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 28, 2007

Senator Clinton has a long and dedicated history of concern and advocacy on behalf of captive Israeli Soldeirs missing in action, particularly the welfare of one who is also an American Citizen. Senator Clinton realizes the value that his eventual return could mean the return of his comrades as well. Here are just two documented examples:

THEN (1999):

I was privileged to announce during the course of my lecture [the Rabin lecture, in Israel] that the President had signed the MIA legislation that will make Israeli MIAs a signal part of American foreign policy, and I think now is the time to press as hard as we possibly can to get answers and force accountability, and I agree with that and will do whatever I can.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton (New York December 14, 1999)

AND NOW (2006):

On Sunday, Rabbi Kenneth Hain, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom in Lawrence, invited U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) to the shul’s library in a gathering of about 30 local religious and political leaders to discuss ways they could revive the case. Other topics were also discussed in the meeting, to which the press was not invited.
“I think the meeting went well,” said Dr. Stuart Ditchek, founder of the Committee for the Release of Zachary Baumel. “Sen. Clinton has really been a great friend to the Baumel family. I think that she feels for the family from a maternalistic standpoint.”
As a powerful Democrat, he said, Clinton will be able to pressure the White House and the State Department to force the Syrians to move on this issue.
He said dealing with the Syrians is very difficult because they are known to change their minds, but he feels the Syrians are ready to negotiate for his release, providing Baumel is indeed alive, since they clamor for U.S. support now.
The meeting was a successful one, according to Mansdorf, who was among those who attended. “There’s always hope,” he said.
“I think she’s overwhelmingly supportive,” Mansdorf said of Clinton. “If there were more people out there like her, we would be making some more progress.”
Mansdorf also praised Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) for her part in trying to uncover more about the case. “She’s been very supportive as well. These two women, perhaps because they are mothers, have been extraordinarily supportive,” Mansdorf said of Clinton and McCarthy.
Baumel, who would now be in his 40s, moved from the U.S. to Israel in 1970 and joined the Israeli army in 1979. He has been missing since June 1982 when he was engaged in a tank battle with Syrian forces on the Lebanon-Syria border. He was serving his last 10 days of army duty when he was captured. Since then, Baumel’s father, Yona, and his mother, Miriam, have not rested, with the search for their son consuming their lives. Although many have given up hope that he is alive, his parents have not. They have met with leaders throughout the world in their quest to find out more about their son’s disappearance.
“This is an important issue in the Jewish community,” Ditchek said. “It’s an important issue in the American community. He’s one of us.”
The missing soldier’s family is now urging people to write letters and send e-mails to government officials, urging them to seek information on the case. Baumel’s father also recently addressed the congregation at Young Israel of Woodmere on Peninsula Boulevard, spelling out his anguish of not being able to see his son for nearly a quarter-century.
Yona Baumel, who immigrated to Israel from New York, recently told Israel TV that he believes his son might still be alive. His hope was renewed after receiving part of a book through a circuitous route from Syria that contained dots under letters that spelled out “Zachary,” in addition to four extra letters that he said were a family joke only his son and daughter would know. The book was handed over to Israeli police, who did not find Baumel’s fingerprints on the book, but determined that there appeared to be emphasized words that could indicate messages like “hope,” “help” and “faith.”

Posted in AIPAC, Carolyn McCarthy, Condi Rice, Gilad Shalit, Hillary Clinton Statements, IDF, Iran, Israel, Jewish Activism, MIA, Zachary Baumel | 3 Comments »

Clinton Slams Palestinian Textbooks

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 11, 2007

The report by Senator Clinton and Palestinian Media Watch has been released, and can be viewed here (word) or here (pdf). The report concerns the horrid indoctrination of children in Palestinian Authority schools via materials in new PA textbooks which teach anti-Israel and Anti-Western sentiments.

The New York Democrat joined with Palestinian Media Watch to criticize the books, which encourage high school students to see Israel as an enemy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as religious in nature.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the books describe the United States and the West as human rights violators who have forced “a clash of civilizations” onto the Arab world, barely mentioning U.S.-driven peace initiatives or the fact that the United States has given the Palestinian Authority some $1.5 billion in aid over the years.

The founding of Israel is described as a “catastrophe that is unprecedented in history.”

Clinton said she was dismayed by the textbooks, which were published by members of the relatively moderate Fatah party.

“Ever since we first raised this issue some years ago, there still has not been an adequate repudiation of this incitement by the Palestinian Authority,” she said.

“It’s even more disturbing to know that this problem appears to have gotten worse. These textbooks don’t give Palestinian children an education, they give them an indoctrination.”

MEDIA SOURCES:

Posted in Condi Rice, Hamas, Israel, Palestinian Media Watch, Suha Kiss | 2 Comments »

Condoleeza Rice Calls Hamas a “Resistance Movement”

Posted by jewsforhillary on January 31, 2007

In the wake of the Wesley Clark debacle, the right wing silence to Condi Rice’s constant parve atitude towards terrorism is appalling.

Would they have ever let someone like Hillary Clinton get away with something like this? In a word: NOT.

Though the US State Department officially lists Hamas as a terrorist Organization, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice referred to the terrorist group as a “Resistance Movement.”

People have been quick to point out the absent outcry from the Jewish Communities that would probably exist had Hillary Clinton (or Wes Clark, or John Kerry) made the same error.

UPDATE: ZOA – Zionist Organization of America Slams Rice, demands retraction and apology

UPDATE: There is a petition calling for Dr. Rice to issue a retraction and apology to the victims

UPDATE: WorldNetDaily, Ynet News, Christian Brodcasting and The Jewish Press have all woken up to the recent gaffe.

Posted in Condi Rice, Hamas, Israel, Jewish Activism | 11 Comments »