Hillary’s been awfully damn quiet on the subject of Israel since Netanyahu made his racist, anti-Arab appeal to voters during his country’s recent election. She’s remained mum as President Obama took issue with Bibi’s comments and cited a need to re-evaluate the relationship between the two countries.
On Sunday — two days before the crucial deadline for the Iran-America peace negotiations — Hillary broke her silence. Not to the President. Not to Americans. Not to Democrats. No. Hillary made a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. On Sunday night, Hoenlein issued this statement about the phone call:
“Secretary Clinton thinks we need to all work together to return the special U.S.-Israel relationship to constructive footing, to get back to basic shared concerns and interests, including a two-state solution pursued through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We must ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue.”
Never mind that Netanyahu’s comments were meant to inflame feelings against the 20% of Israel’s population that is Arab. Never mind that he ruled out the possibility of a there ever being a two-state solution to the conflict. Never mind that he prefers war with Iran over peace. Never mind that President Obama has made it abundantly clear that the status quo is unacceptable and cannot continue.
Never mind that that puts her squarely on the same side as Israel’s biggest GOP fans and ass-kissers Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and John Boehner. Also on Sunday, Cruz was making his own efforts to undermine the President. He told CNN:
“I think the United States should stand unshakeably with Israel. I think one of the most disgraceful aspects of the Obama presidency is how it has treated Prime Minister Netanyahu… They [Obama administration officials] have demonstrated an arrogance that America is going to dictate the terms of security in Israel.”
Presidential wannabe Jeb Bush also found it necessary to embrace Netanyahu and speak out against President Obama. He recently scolded the President for his “schoolyard antics” in regard to the Prime Minister. His campaign then issued this statement:
“Governor Bush’s support for Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu is unwavering, and he believes it’s critically important our two nations work seamlessly to achieve peace in the region.”
To top it off, the statement went on to disavow the main Jewish peace organization in America, lobbying group J Street. Bush found the group’s advocacy “to be inconsistent with his views and to the interests of a safe and secure Israel.”
Were that that was all. To top off all the sabotage going on in the last couple of days, Speaker of the House John Boehner flew to Israel to take a stand with Netanyahu on Tuesday, the day that the status of peace negotiations between America and Iran are to be announced. Before flying off into the wild blue yonder to be with his best buddy, Boehner also found it necessary to appear on CNN to denounce President Obama. He said:
“I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible.”
As if that statement weren’t bad enough, Boehner said he intended to repair the relationship between the two countries — because, you know, the U.S. doesn’t have a State Department that handles international relations. Oh, that’s right! Secretary of State Kerry is busy trying to achieve peace.
It’s no mystery that Clinton has thrown in with these GOP thugs. They’re all pursuing the almighty dollars being waved under their noses by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who helped arrange — and then sat preening in self-satisfaction during — Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in early March. Sheldon, plus other wealthy pro-Israel-at-any-cost American Jews, that is.
So this is the ‘progressive’ candidate that the Democratic Party wants to see in the Oval Office? Someone who is willing to undermine the Presidency itself, even as she pursues it?
Plus, neither Clinton nor her party seems to have any clue about how Netanyahu’s effrontery played out across America, or how much antipathy there is amongst average Americans for engaging in another war — especially on behalf of yet another foreign country.
Hillary for President? C’mon, Dems. You can — you must — do better than that.