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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 23, 2008
Tells Rally Organizers That Iran Must Not Be Permitted Nuclear Weapons
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today added her voice to the thousands gathering in New York to oppose Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his regime’s nuclear ambitions and threats against Israel. In a letter to organizers of a rally protesting Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York, Senator Clinton underscored the need to deny Iran nuclear weapons and stand firmly with Israel.
“Israel’s right to exist – and exist in safety and peace – must never be called in to question,” Senator Clinton wrote. “We should not, cannot, must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons.”
Senator Clinton has long been a leading critic of Ahmadinejad and his regime. In remarks to the Israel Bonds dinner last week in New York, she outlined the threat posed by Iran to Israel, the wider Middle East, and the United States, and urged clear and unequivocal action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Additional statements by Senator Clinton on Israel and the Middle East are available here: http://clinton.senate.gov/issues/nationalsecurity/israel.
The text of Senator Clinton’s letter to rally organizers follows and is available on PDF here: http://www.clinton.senate.gov/documents/news/09_22_08_rally.pdf.
September 22, 2008
To Members of the National Coalition to Stop Iran Now along with the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, United Jewish Communities, UJA-Federation of New York, and Jewish Council for Public Affairs:
As thousands gather in New York today to stand united against the threat posed by Iran, I add my voice to all those speaking out to oppose the Iranian regime’s support for global terror, pursuit of nuclear weapons, and abuse of human rights. As Iranian President Ahmadinejad travels to New York, once again using the General Assembly of the United Nations as the stage for his hateful propaganda against Israel and the United States, we must be clear and steadfast in our opposition to the message he carries, and the threat a nuclear-armed Iran would pose.
As we know too well, the President of Iran has made a series of incendiary, outrageous comments, questioning the Holocaust and calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. Israel’s right to exist – and exist in safety and peace – must never be called in to question. To deny the Holocaust places the President of Iran in the company of the most despicable bigots and historical revisionists. He has also said “The big powers are going down… a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible.”
President Ahmadinejad’s despicable comments and support for terrorism are even more disturbing in the context of the regime’s quest to acquire nuclear weapons. His anti-American, anti-Israeli rhetoric underscores the seriousness of the threat. Indeed, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) recently found that Iran is making significant progress on developing and operating its centrifuges necessary to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, and that Iran continues to resist efforts to address substantively its alleged nuclear weapons-related work. United States policy in this regard must be clear and unequivocal. We should not, cannot, must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. In dealing with this threat, as I have said repeatedly, we must take no option off the table.
We must continue to keep the spotlight on Iran until it ends its anti-American and anti-Semitic policies of hate, ends its nuclear weapons program, and its sponsorship of terrorism. I commend all of those joining today to oppose the Iranian regime’s policies and statements during President Ahmadinejad’s visit.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
United States Senator
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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 22, 2008
September 21, 2008
Clinton Reaffirms Commitment to Israel’s Security and Pledge to Deny Iran’s Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons
“We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons.”
NEW YORK, NY – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton called on the United States to continue its commitment to the security and prosperity of Israel in remarks at the Israel Bonds dinner held in New York City on Thursday. Senator Clinton underscored the vital relationship between the United States and Israel and their shared values and shared belief in the right to live without fear or oppression. In addition, Senator Clinton highlighted the importance of doing all that is necessary to thwart the growing threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Israel’s commitment to civic engagement, open debate, free expression, the rule of law – even in the face of grave dangers – is something that we Americans not only can, but must support,” Senator Clinton said. “U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. We must stand with Israel in our words and our deeds to ensure the safety of all those who seek a prosperous life in Israel.”
Excerpts from Senator Clinton’s remarks follow:
Senator Clinton: “Everyone here knows that Israel Bonds was the brain child of David Ben-Gurion, and what a brilliant idea when you stop to think about it. The idea that people who supported Israel would be able to do so by contributing to the resources that this young state needed. The building of infrastructure, the planting of forests, the assistance that would come to ensure the freedom and the safety and a better life for all who were seeking a new beginning in Israel.
So investing in a productive and growing Israel was important then and is important now. These bonds and your contributions to their purchase are not acts of charity. These truly are part of the foundation of the relationship, the building blocks of a partnership between the American Jewish community and the Jewish State. And it is part also of the bond shared by the United States, its government and our people and the government and people of Israel. Based on our shared interests and rooted in the strength that we derive from shared values. Israel’s commitment to civic engagement, open debate, free expression, the rule of law – even in the face of grave dangers – is something that we Americans not only can, but must support.
So what Prime Minster Ben-Gurion initiated all those years ago is an ongoing project. We need only look at the current challenges facing Israel to recognize that this once again is a moment of peril. There are many dangers and threats in our world today, but certainly ranking near the top of those that concern me is the threat posed by Iran–a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire Middle East and beyond, including the United States. There are many reasons why we should take this threat seriously. Not the least of which is that the Iranian government under its current president hosted a conference whose sole purpose was to deny the Holocaust.
We know that Iran and their leaders have raised serious international concerns with their pursuit of nuclear ambitions. We know they have called for Israel to be wiped off the map, and we know that they support terrorist elements that attack innocence in Israel and beyond.
So 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 repeatedly, we can not take any option off the table. We have to be as flexible and smart and strong in our efforts to deny Iran their nuclear ambitions as we possibly can be. Including engaging Iran in ways that might possibly lead to changes in behavior. But as the Iranian president travels to New York to meet at the United Nations, and once again to use the General Assembly as a launching pad for his attacks on Israel and the United States we must raise our voices together in opposition to the message he carries and the threat Iran poses.
We also know that the dangers posed to Israel have been compounded by the presence and seizure of Gaza by Hamas – and by Hezbollah, the terrorist group now represented in the Lebanese government. I have long said that Hamas must not be recognized until it renounces violence and terror and recognizes Israel’s right to exist. And that includes the security barrier to keep terrorists out that I have long and vigorously supported. I’ve spoke out strongly against the International Court of Justice for questioning Israel’s right to self defense which includes building the security fence.
There is a lot that we have to be concerned about, as you know so well. But the bottom line is that we stand with Israel because we too reject extremism and nihilism and are committed to defeating terrorism, our cause is shared and our cause is just. This is about democracy and freedom, about human rights and about justice.
And I believe that what you are doing tonight, bonding with Israel once again through Israel bonds, makes a very clear statement. In many ways it is an affront to those who would deny Israel’s existence or continue to engage in anti-Israeli rhetoric, anti-Semitism and in any way undermine our shared belief and commitment in the values that we stand for. These shared values and our shared belief in the dignity of men and women – and the right to live without fear or oppression – the opportunity to pursue a safe and prosperous future are really what you are building. You may be able to see the tangible results of the investments that have been made.
I remember so well when I first visited Israel back in 1981 how I could see the results of the incredible generosity, particularly from America, that resulted in the literal building of Israel. But even more important, it is an intangible commitment and recognition of these values that we hold in common. So thank you for standing with Israel in your words and in your deeds. And I pledge to you that I will continue to be your partner and your champion as we stand together. Thank you all very much.”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 12, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC—On the occasion of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, which falls on September 13, 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton released the following statement:
“Commemorating National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day allows us to remember all those children and families who have been affected by cancer. We have made tremendous strides in our efforts to treat cancers in children, but far too many still suffer and lose their lives to this disease. We must do more to increase research into pediatric cancers, and work to improve the quality of life for all children who are dealing with cancer and its aftereffects. I join millions around the nation in recognizing this day and renewing our commitment to finding a cure for childhood cancer.”
In May, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senators Clinton and Allard designating September 13 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. In addition, Senator Clinton introduced the Senate version of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life Act, which was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA). This legislation would expand cancer control and surveillance programs, increase research in survivorship, and develop model systems of care and monitoring for pediatric cancer survivors.
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer and the second overall leading cause of death of children in the United States. More than 10,000 children under the age of 15 in the United States are diagnosed with cancer annually. Successful treatment means that more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors are alive today. However, according to the Institute of Medicine, more than two thirds of childhood cancer survivors experience late effects, which include complications, disabilities, or additional occurrence of cancer.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on May 8, 2008
Statement by Senator Hillary Clinton on the Occasion of Israel’s 60th Anniversary
I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Israel on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment as a state and homeland for the Jewish people, and I join all the friends of Israel who celebrate today with joy and pride.
Emerging after the tragedy of the Holocaust, the Jewish State was reborn after two thousand years, fulfilling the biblical prophecy of a return to Zion. Since then, in just three score years, Israel has welcomed Jewish exiles from Europe, the Arab world, Africa, and the former Soviet Union.
From my first trip to Israel in 1982 to my most recent visit in 2005, I have seen for myself Israel’s achievements – and its challenges. The people of Israel, proud and free and always triumphing in the face of adversity, have built a strong and vibrant democracy, a diverse and rich society, and an innovative and thriving economy.
Yet today, even as we celebrate all that Israel has achieved, we know that the Jewish state is still not safe. In every generation, Israel faces serious challenges to its security and threats to its existence. And just as the United States recognized Israel at birth, and has always stood by Israel when its survival and well-being were challenged, so too do the American people stand by Israel today, united by shared values and strong bonds of friendship.
As President of the United States, I will be proud to continue and strengthen these bonds, so that the State of Israel will continue to grow, from generation to generation, in security and peace.
Am Yisrael Chai! (the people of Israel live!)
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Posted by jewsforhillary on May 2, 2008
Hillary Clinton Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day
“This week, we remember the millions of men, women, and children who perished during the Holocaust; and as we do, we ask, ‘What must we do to ensure that this kind of destruction will never happen again?’
“We reflect on the lives that were lost, the courage of those who stood up to the Nazis, like the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; and those of all faiths who risked everything to save lives. On this somber day, I am also reminded of the Holocaust survivors that came to this country, and who have greatly enriched our nation with their talent, energy, and dreams. Their stories and their willingness to share them will guarantee that future generations will never forget.
“The lessons of the Holocaust call us to act. As my friend, Elie Wiesel, said, ‘…to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all…’ Let us today renew our pledge that we will not be indifferent to moral injustice in the world; that we will not remain silent; and that we will speak out against crimes against humanity, threats of extermination, and genocide, such as that now being perpetuated in Darfur. We must act so that we may truly say to the world, ‘Never again.'”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on March 6, 2008
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem
Washington, DC – “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families who are suffering the loss and horror of this despicable act of terrorism. The United States and the international community must make clear that such deplorable acts of terrorism will not be tolerated and we must continue to stand with Israel in its fight against terror.”
Arab terrorists entered the library in a jewish seminary in Jerusalem and sprayed the place with what some report to have been between five and siz hundred bullets. Eight young students were murdered and over a dozen more injured. [See here and here]
It seems as though thus far, several hours after the attack, that Senator Clinton is the only one of the three people hoping to become the next US president that has even bothered to or cared to say anything or to take a stand regarding this horrific event.
UPDATE: 116 Photos of the carnage and aftermath | More
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Posted by jewsforhillary on February 12, 2008
The Clintons’ official statement on the passing of Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) A great American leader and champion for human rights and Humanitarian causes who was the only survivor of the Holocaust ever to be elected to serve in congress.
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former President William Jefferson Clinton on the Death of Congressman Tom Lantos
Washington, DC – “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Tom Lantos. The courageous and improbable journey of his life was an inspiration to his constituents and to all of us who knew him. Tom was just sixteen years old when the Nazis occupied his native Hungary and he lost much of his family to the Holocaust. In those dark days, Tom bore witness to the worst of human cruelty and devoted his life to stopping it. And so he came to America with nothing but the clothes on his back and the ideals he described in an essay that won him a college scholarship. Those ideals, combined with his optimism, intelligence, and hard work, would eventually lead this self-described ‘penniless immigrant’ to the halls of the United States Congress. Despite all that Tom experienced – or perhaps because of it – he understood in his bones that we have a profound duty to one another. Tom taught us to stand up for what’s right especially when it was hard. We will always cherish our memories of him and our thoughts are with his wife, Annette, his daughters, and all those who knew and loved him.”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on December 4, 2007
Senator Clinton Assails Bush Administration’s Proposal to Slash Homeland Security Funding for First Responders
We hope our friends at Hatzolah are paying attention to important matters like this…
Clinton: President’s Cuts Would Have Drastic Impact on New York’s Homeland Security Efforts Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today, amid recent reports the Administration plans to drastically slash homeland security funds for first responders, called on the President to reconsider these cuts, and to provide information regarding how any reduction to homeland security funding would make our nation safer. In a letter today to President Bush, Senator Clinton cited the importance of federal homeland security dollars for our nation’s police, firefighters, and other first responders, and the effect such drastic budget cuts would have on port and transit security and local emergency management operations in New York and through the country.
“With the Administration’s own findings in their National Intelligence Estimate that our homeland is under a ‘heightened threat environment,’ and that Al Qaeda is undiminished in its goal in attacking us here at home, it is unconscionable that the President’s budget would seek to slash the federal funding for homeland security by more than half,” said Senator Clinton. “While large urban areas like New York continue to remain high profile targets, we must do everything possible to ensure that our first responders are provided with the funding and resources that are critical to their success on the frontline of our homeland security efforts. I am profoundly disappointed in the President’s plan, and will continue to press this issue until our nation’s first responders receive the funding necessary to get the job done.”
Senator Clinton’s letter to President Bush is attached –
December 1, 2007
The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Recent reports indicate that in your Fiscal Year 2009 budget, you intend to drastically slash homeland security funds for our first responders. A recent National Intelligence Estimate could not have been clearer when it said that our homeland is under a “heightened threat environment” and that Al Qaeda is undeterred and determined to attack us here at home. In October of this year, you issued the National Strategy for Homeland Security, which detailed many of the threats against our nation.
In light of these facts, it is unimaginable to hear that you would cut funding for our nation’s law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders by more than half. According to news accounts, your plan for the coming year includes the elimination of programs for port security, transit security and local emergency management operations. Reductions like this to some of the core functions of our homeland security would be extremely irresponsible. Your budget outlines the fiscal priorities for the coming year. If these news reports are correct, then I believe you have greatly underestimated the threats we face. Securing our homeland requires constant vigilance and we must do everything within our power to improve our level of preparedness. These reported cuts undermine those efforts. As a Senator from New York, I know first hand the importance of these critical programs and the drastic impact any funding reductions would have to New York’s, as well as to our nation’s homeland security efforts.
For the sake of our nation’s homeland defense I implore you to reconsider any proposed cuts to our critical homeland security programs. Before any proposed reductions in funding for our homeland security, I respectfully request that you provide a detailed plan on how any reduction in critical homeland security funds would make our country safer. Homeland security funding decisions should be completely based on the threats facing our homeland, not any political considerations.
I look forward to hearing your response.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
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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.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on October 3, 2007
Senator Clinton Calls on Bush Administration to Engage Middle East Allies in Effort to Resolve Arab-Israeli Conflict
Commitment from Friendly Arab States Critical to Success in Upcoming Meeting to Address Arab-Israeli Conflict
Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton joined her Senate colleagues, led by Senators Schumer and Graham, in urging the Bush Administration to seek the support of America’s allies in the Middle East as they move forward with plans for a future international meeting on the Arab-Israeli conflict. In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, the Senators stressed that the inclusion and cooperation of Arab countries with close relations to the United States would be a critical factor in the success of such a meeting.
“Peace in the Middle East can not be achieved without a full diplomatic effort by the Administration that encourages America’s Arab allies in the region to take an active, and positive role in the process,” said Senator Clinton. As the Administration moves forward with plans for an international meeting to address the situation, it is my sincere hope that the Secretary of State does not pass up this pivotal opportunity to reach out to these nations to enlist their aid. However, we must also insist that their participation must be substantial, visible, and constructive as we take the next steps in attempting to bring peace and stability to the region.”
The letter to Secretary of State Rice is attached –
October 2, 2007
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Rice,
As you step up American diplomatic actions and prepare for a future international meeting on the Arab-Israeli conflict, we believe it is essential that other key players in the Middle East also step up and meet their responsibilities. The success of such a meeting, and ultimately the peace process itself, will depend on the cooperation we receive from the larger Arab world, particularly from those Arab states with close relations with the United States who have not yet signed agreements with Israel. Your ongoing efforts to work with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are critical, but so is the support these efforts receive from those Arab countries.
We know that in the past, the lack of sufficient support from some of the Arab states have made it difficult to reach earlier agreements. We also know that, for many years, many of these countries have been insisting on greater involvement by the Administration in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Now that you and the Administration are indeed more actively engaged in Middle East diplomacy on an ongoing basis, we also believe that these Arab states should step forward with concrete, positive actions to promote peace and stability in the region.
In particular, you should press friendly Arab countries that have not yet done so, to:
1) Participate in the upcoming international meeting and be a full partner of the United States in advancing regional peace;
2) Take visible, meaningful steps in the financial, diplomatic and political arena to help Palestinian President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad govern effectively and meet their obligations to fight terror;
3) Stop support for terrorist groups and cease all anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement;
4) Recognize Israel’s right to exist and not use such recognition as a bargaining chip for future Israeli concessions;
5) End the Arab League economic boycott of Israel in all of its forms; and
6) Pressure Hamas to recognize Israel, reject terror and accept prior agreements, and isolate Hamas until it takes such steps.
We are encouraged that you are working hard to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The governments of Israel and the Palestinians are also working as best they can towards that goal. However without a sincere commitment from our allies in the Middle East to be partners in this effort, peace in the region will remain elusive.
We appreciate your attention to this critical matter.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on September 17, 2007
Clinton Reminds Voters Of Commitment to Israel
Last Tuesday, prior to the start of the Jewish High Holiday season, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign circulated a paper articulating her support for Israel. Headlined “Hillary Clinton: A Long History of Strong and Steadfast Leadership for the U.S.-Israel Relationship,” the statement addressed Mrs. Clinton’s positions on Israel’s fight against terrorism, the threat of Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, and Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital. “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,” the paper states.
The release of the policy paper on the eve of a contentious season harkens back to a high-profile statement Mrs. Clinton made on Jerusalem as she made her early strides to the Senate seat held by Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1999. Back then, she penned a letter to Mandell Ganchrow, the president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, highlighting the importance of Jerusalem: “I personally consider Jerusalem the eternal and indivisible capital of Israel.”
When Mrs. Clinton sought her Senate seat, shoring up Jewish support was essential. Several months after her July 1999 missive on Jerusalem, she kissed Suha Arafat after the wife of the Palestinian Authority’s leader had accused Israel of using poison gas against its people. Over time, Mrs. Clinton’s advocacy for Israel on the campaign trail and in the Senate helped solidify her backing among this voting bloc.
“I’m comfortable with Hillary’s positions. I’m proud of Hillary’s positions. I believe she’s been successful over the years building a broad base of supporters. I think she’s appealing to progressive voters, centrist voters, and those for whom Israel and Israel’s national security is their single most important issue,” said Steve Grossman, a former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and a Clinton adviser on Middle East issues.
Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist, said Mrs. Clinton’s stance on Israel and Jerusalem made policy and political sense — despite potentially angering many in the liberal base of her party. “It is consistent with her positioning of the last several years. She is not a liberal on foreign policy matters,” Mr. Sheinkopf said.
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Posted by jewsforhillary on May 27, 2007
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Condemning Recent Attacks on Israeli Civilians
“I am saddened and outraged by the repeated rocket attacks against the Israeli cities of Sderot and Ashkelon, attacks that were perpetrated even as the Shavuot holiday came to a close. Yet another round of attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups against civilians demonstrates an escalation of violence against Israel. The rockets have hit homes, synagogues, and schools, injured many and killed nine innocents. Israel’s right to exist, and to defend its people against imminent threat, must never be put in question. Israel has demonstrated restraint in the face of ongoing of attacks on southern Israel orchestrated from Gaza. The United States and the international community must stand in support of Israel and send the message to Hamas and to any terrorists who threaten innocent lives on sovereign soil and operate in violation of international law that this behavior will not be countenanced.
Israel is confronting many of the toughest challenges in its history, in a neighborhood that is less secure than ever. It is vital is that we continue to stand on behalf of the shared interests in security and democracy that form the unbreakable bond between our two nations. I stand with the people of Israel who live in fear as their homes are besieged and maintain my unwavering commitment to the welfare and survival of the State of Israel.”
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Posted by jewsforhillary on May 25, 2007
From The Jerusalem Post:
In the run-up to the 2008 US presidential elections, The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition JPost.com has invited central presidential contenders to respond to questions on matters of importance to Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.
We will be sending out questions to the candidates every two weeks or so. We started out with a relatively general inquiry about the importance they attach to the US’s strategic alliance with Israel and how, if elected, they would work to foster that alliance (see below). The questions will get more specific as the campaign heats up.
The first question was sent to John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson and Sam Brownback.
The contenders are being invited to participate, and given as much space as they wish to respond. We believe this platform offers a tremendous opportunity for the would-be presidents to detail their positions on key issues for our millions of readers, potential voters and supporters. And we are delighted that, from the outset, so many of the candidates have found the time to participate, with carefully drafted, nuanced answers that offer real insight into their thinking.
David Horovitz, Editor-In-Chief
JPOST: What’s the importance of Israel as a strategic ally and how would your administration manage ties between the two countries?
Hillary Clinton: Israel is an important ally and strategic partner of the United States. Our nations are united by shared values, a commitment to democracy, and a belief in the dignity of men and women. We are also united by a common strategic interest in fighting back against the forces of terrorism and nihilism.
Israel and the United States have worked together for years on national security objectives, including developing innovative defense technologies. Today, as the United States deals with issues of homeland security, we are also learning from Israel’s experience in preventing attacks and preparing emergency responses.
I believe the relationship between our countries should be that between allies, based on mutual respect, appreciating our shared values and a shared commitment to national security policies that reduce the danger of terrorist attacks on free and democratic nations anywhere in the world.
Recognizing the very real challenges we face, I believe we must think rationally and strategically – and jointly – about how our values and our beliefs can be translated into effective action.
It is not enough for us to say the right things; we’ve got to be smart and tough enough to do the right things that will protect American and Israeli interests now and forever. It is with these principles in mind that my Administration would work to sustain, nourish, and enhance the vital partnership between America and Israel.
Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Clinton Campaign, Hamas, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Statements, Israel, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, The Jerusalem Post | 2 Comments »
Posted by jewsforhillary on May 22, 2007
Senator Clinton applauds AmeriCorps grant to Brooklyn Yeshiva catering to “at risk” youth in the community. Full Statement by Hillary- click here
“This is great news for Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov and its AmeriCorps members,” said Senator Clinton. “Leading by example is an important component in healthy communities and this grant promotes positive reinforcement for at-risk youth through expanded mentoring programs”
Posted in AmeriCorps, Edward Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Statements, Yeshiva | 3 Comments »
Posted by jewsforhillary on May 21, 2007
Here is a video recording of the entire address given by Senator Hillary Clinton to the first ever Washington conference of the National Jewish Democratic Council which took place last month. Streaming Video: http://wm.nmmstream.net/genasx/njdc/clintonwmv52355.asx
For comparison sake, here are some videos, transcrips and synopses of the remarks given by several of the other declared Democratic presidential candidates, courtesy of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice: http://www.pjvoice.com/v23/23008njdc.aspx
Posted in Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Statements, Joe Biden, National jewish Dmeocratic Council, NJDC, Republican Jewish Coalition | 2 Comments »
Posted by jewsforhillary on May 18, 2007
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton joined with a bipartisan coalition of Senators to urge the United Nations to grant general consultative status to the Jewish National Fund of the United States. The Senators urged them to vote in favor of granting this status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
“This letter sends a strong message to the key United Nations committee that we support granting the same access to the Jewish National Fund as others around the world enjoy. By granting general consultative status, the Jewish National Fund will bring regional environmental issues to the table to help foster regional peace in the Middle East,” said Senator Clinton.
Posted in Chris Dodd, Environment, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Statements, Israel, JNF, Joe Biden, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, UN | 1 Comment »
Posted by jewsforhillary on May 1, 2007
Senator Clinton was among the many speakers at the recent first ever Washington Conference of the National jewish Democratic Council: Clinton scores with Jewish Democrats
Posted in Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Statements, Jewish Activism, NJDC | 3 Comments »
Posted by jewsforhillary on April 19, 2007
Audio: Clinton speech last week to the “Consultation on Conscience” copnf Religious Action Center for Reform Judasim (or link from here)
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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:
“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 »
Posted by jewsforhillary on February 27, 2007
Prayer Vigil at the Iranian Mission – 40th Street and 3rd Avenue, New York
Thursday March 1, 2007 from Noon – 1pm
All friends of America, Israel and Democracy are urged to attend – this is not a political issue. This is about standing up to the threat of evil against the freedom and values we all share.
Posted in Hillary Clinton Statements, Holocaust denial, Iran, Jewish Activism | 4 Comments »