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Clinton Reaffirms Commitment to Israel’s Security and Pledge to Deny Iran’s Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons

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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Babs – Jewess For Hillary

Posted by jewsforhillary on November 29, 2007

Jewish singing legend and hollywood movie star Barbra Streisand has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. 

“Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.”
Streisand has been active in Democratic politics for more than 40 years, performing at fund-raisers and participating in campaign events. She was a major supporter of President Bill Clinton, Hillary’s husband.
The singer added that she believes Hillary Clinton, a U.S. senator from New York, will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding the economy, as well as providing moral leadership.
Clinton, the front-runner in the Democratic race, said she was “honored to have Barbra’s support.”
“Barbra has used her immense talent to be an advocate for truth, justice and fairness,” Clinton said, “and I deeply appreciate her confidence in my candidacy as we work together to change the direction of our nation.”

Here is a link to the Full Press release, posted at Campaign Confidential

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Hillary Goes To Lakewood

Posted by jewsforhillary on November 8, 2007

No comment. This thread is utterly embarassing.

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JTA: Hillary Leads in Jewish Fundraising

Posted by jewsforhillary on May 22, 2007

Clinton leads in race for Jewish donors

Among Jewish Democrats, however, it’s no race, insiders in the fund-raising community say: While U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has generated considerable excitement, the years Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has spent focusing on Israel and other issues of concern to the nation’s largest Jewish community puts her firmly in front.
“It’s experience,” said Lonnie Kaplan, a major pro-Israel fund-raiser. “It’s clear to me that she’s the best candidate the Democrats have. On domestic issues they’re all the same, but on foreign policy she has such experience and knowledge and the willingness to act.”

Yet it is Clinton’s determined cultivation of the Jewish community that pushes her ahead, and not just because she represents the nation’s largest Jewish community in New York.
Clinton has spent her six years in the U.S. Senate reaching out to Jewish groups on nearly every domestic and foreign issue that the community embraces. She was a leader in getting homeland security funds to Jewish institutions and has taken the lead in demanding changes in Palestinian textbooks that would reflect the reality of Israel’s existence.


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Jewish Friends of Hillary

Posted by jewsforhillary on May 1, 2007

Here’s an interesting photo album with a few dozen photos from the NORPAC Friends of Hillary Clinton event last August 2006 in anticipation of her Re-Election as New York Senator.

Hillary and Genack  
The NORPAC mission to Washington takes place next week.

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One Week, One Million

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 22, 2007

Join the one week, one million campaign

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FOX NEWS POLL: Hillary Toughest on Terrorism Among All Presidential Contenders

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 5, 2007


The poll also shows Clinton opening up a significant lead in the Democratic primary and reveals that a majority of general election voters are comfortable with her in the White House. The poll echoes the trend of recent state and national polls showing Clinton leading in the race for President.According to the new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll:

  • Hillary edges all candidates of either party when voters are asked which one would be toughest on terrorism;
  • A majority of those polled (from either party) are “comfortable” with a potential Hillary presidency;
  • Hillary leads the primary nearly 3-1, earning the support of 43 percent of self-identified Democrats, compared with 15 percent for the nearest competitor;
  • Hillary’s share of the primary electorate has jumped 10 points, from 33 percent in the December poll to 43 percent now;
  • Hillary’s favorability rating is highest of all Democrats and she is the only one of the candidates whose rating went up since the last time it was asked (October).

Click here to see the entire poll results

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For The Sake Of Posterity

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 5, 2007

Taking into account the recent endorsement of Senator Clinton by the editorial board of The Jewish Press during her relection to the US Senate from New York.

The Jewish Press endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic Primary for United States Senate. In her six years as senator, the former first lady has distinguished herself as a knowledgeable and effective advocate for New York State. She has mastered the intricacies of the Senate, has excelled as a coalition builder, and has emerged as a hard-nosed and respected student of foreign affairs with views her colleagues take seriously.
As regards Israel, she has become an important supporter of the Jewish state both in public and, perhaps more importantly, behind the scenes. She is held in the highest regard by those who regularly plead Israel’s cause in the halls of government. For those who initially were wary of her positions on Middle East issues – and we include ourselves in that category – Ms. Clinton has proved to be a pleasant and welcome surprise. We enthusiastically support her in the Democratic Primary.

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Senator Clinton Shines at AIPAC Dinner

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 2, 2007

New York Sen. Clinton Says Iran a Threat

“U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons,” Clinton told the audience. “In dealing with this threat … no option can be taken off the table.”

Some 1,700 attendees applauded as she cited her efforts on behalf of the Jewish state and spoke scathingly of Iran’s decision to hold a conference last month that questioned whether the Holocaust took place.

“To deny the Holocaust places Iran’s leadership in company with the most despicable bigots and historical revisionists,” Clinton said, criticizing what she called the Iranian administration’s “pro-terrorist, anti-American, anti-Israeli rhetoric.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called the Holocaust a “myth” and said Israel should be “wiped off the map” and its Jews returned to Europe.

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Hillary Has Broad Jewish Support

Posted by jewsforhillary on January 25, 2007

“Hillary Clinton will do very well among Jewish Democrats,” said a top party source. “So will most of the others.
An interesting analysis presented this week by James Besser of The Jewish Week concerning the growing field and Jewish support accross the religious spectrum.

“Hillary Clinton stands to do disproportionately well with Jewish voters because of her very strong record in the Senate, her husband’s record and because of her positions on the issues that matter most to American Jews, especially on domestic issues,” said Steve Grossman, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and former president of AIPAC. Grossman has not decided which Democrat he will support in 2008.

Grossman called the two-term senator “a master of common-sense democracy” and said she “stands the best chance of winning the nomination, but even more importantly, the presidency.”

Clinton, Grossman said, will do “very well” with liberal and more centrist Jews and Jewish women in particular.

“Unless she stumbles, she has a virtual lock on the nomination,” said Johns Hopkins University political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg. “She’s a totally disciplined and professional candidate. Unlike some Republicans, she’s not likely to have tantrums on the campaign trail.”

That was a dig at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive GOP frontrunner.

But many analysts say it’s too early to anoint Clinton the nominee.

“Right now, Hillary looks unbeatable, but looks are deceiving,” said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. Clinton, he said, remains stuck with a liberal image even as she steers hard to the center. The results of that maneuvering could hurt her with different factions in the Democratic Party.

That could play out with particular force in the Jewish community.

Several analysts said that while Jewish liberals like her position on domestic issues—and believe her nomination would be a huge advance for women’s rights—many on the left will not forgive her longstanding support for the Iraq war.

At the same time, many Jews who in the past supported the more conservative positions of Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) still see her as a hard-core liberal. “Trying to be all things to all people rarely works in politics,” Sabato said.

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