May 12, 2016

Israeli Independence Day: A Review Of Clinton’s Real Record On Israel

Today, Israel, one of America’s closest allies and an island of stability in the Middle East, celebrates its 68th Independence Day. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted, the country will try to enjoy its birthday surrounded by ISIS and haunted by the specter of growing Iranian nuclear threat:

Further adding fuel to the fire is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Secretary Clinton, who has gleefully criticized Israel and has refused to call Iran a national security threat:

Most troubling, Secretary Clinton has refused to call Iran a national security threat:

Secretary Clinton was an original supporter of the Iran nuclear deal and has reaffirmed her support on the campaign trail. At the same time, Iran has taken advantage of language in the deal which waters down international restrictions against the country’s ballistic missile program, to launch missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on them.

Israel National News’ Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu pointed out that Secretary Clinton backtracked on her support for an undivided Jerusalem and sidestepped the issue when pressed on it in September 2010. In 2011, Secretary Clinton submitted a brief to the Supreme Court arguing that “any U.S. bid to ‘symbolically or concretely’ recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel would ‘critically compromise the ability of the United States to work with Israelis, Palestinians and others in the region to further the peace process.’”

Secretary Clinton has gleefully touted being the “designated yeller” at Israel as secretary of state, repeating the cringe-worthy line on the campaign trail. After all, as secretary of state, Clinton took the opportunity to criticize Israel for its settlement construction, doing so “with a fervor that surprised Mr. Obama’s advisers.” In her book, Hard Choices, Secretary Clinton even referred to the West Bank and Gaza as “occupied territories.”

With eight years of the Clinton-Obama foreign policy eroding the once strong relationship between the U.S. and Israel, Israel’s supporters in the U.S. cannot afford to risk giving Secretary Clinton another podium to attack Israel and work with the countries that threaten its existence. If Israel is going to continue enjoying its independence day in the future, the U.S. needs a leader who will stand by its closest ally in the Middle East.