The media has been pouring through Hillary Clinton’s comments about Israel over the years, particularly liberal Jewish media, and they have not found her lacking in support for Israel. She talks the talk. They’ve made a serious mistake, however, because the only comments that really matter are those in her book Hard Choices, her definitive statement outlining how she will lead as president.
The book reveals her underlying beliefs that Israel is an “occupying” power, Bibi is the problem, and two-states are the only solution. Those are the beliefs she will act upon.
Hillary made news in 1988 by hugging and kissing Suhat Arafat, the wife of by-then deceased terrorist Yassar Arafat. It happened during a visit to a kindergarten in Palestine after she listened to Arafat openly accuse Israel of fouling the drinking water supply for Palestinians with uranium. It was an absurd accusation but not uncommon for Suhat.
Mrs. Clinton is unreliable because her political ambitions always come first and time-and-again her views have shifted with the political winds. In 1999, she saw Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal city. She no longer does.
In 2011, Clinton made comments showing a shift in her stance on Israel’s capital while she was a senator, warning against American action towards recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying that it would jeopardize the peace process.
As Secretary of State, 2009 -2013, she took a hardline against settlements.
In a 2010 interview with CNN, Clinton said that settlement construction was “insulting” to the US. “We have to make clear to our Israeli friends and partner that the two-state solution which we support, which the prime minister himself said he supports, requires confidence-building measures on both sides,” she said.
In 2013, Mrs. Clinton, then Secretary of State, delivered a stinging rebuke to Prime Minister Netanyahu for his government’s announcement of new Jewish housing in east Jerusalem.
She repeated those sentiments in another 2014 interview with CNN while on her book tour. There must be a two-state solution and Israel is making life “miserable” for Palestinians in the West Bank. She insisted that Israel must, for the most part, return to 1967 borders with some military monitoring of the ceded land for several years
She sees the only solution as the two-state solution, even after seeing what has taken place in Gaza.
In her book Hard Choices, she described Israel as an occupying force for not giving up land they won in a war not of their own making.
Free Beacon reported last year that in Hard Choices, she claimed the Jewish state denies “dignity and self determination” to Palestinians in the West Bank, which is what she said in her CNN interview.
According to the book, she was surprised by what she termed “life under occupation for the Palestinians.”
“When we left the city and visited Jericho, in the West Bank, I got my first glimpse of life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted,” Clinton wrote.
For the most part, that area is under self-determination.
She went on to bash the Netanyahu government for not returning land to the Palestinians that she says has been “occupied by Israel since 1967.”
Israel is an occupying force in her mind and she will demand they return to what are clearly indefensible borders.
Hillary would like east Jerusalem and the West Bank turned over to the Palestinians in Gaza who are led by terrorist organizations, Hamas, an organization that exists for the destruction of Israel, and Hezbollah, funded and led by Iran. They use Gaza as a launching point for rocket and other terrorist attacks.
PA president Mahmoud Abbas said earlier this month that he wants peace. He recognizes Israel’s right to exist but will not recognize the Jewish state. He repeated his demand for a return to 1967 borders and east Jerusalem as the capitol of the new Palestinian state. Abbas recently joined the International Criminal Court from which plans to attack Israel.
Israeli construction Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) called Abbas statements “nothing short of chutzpah.”
“After unilaterally violating the agreements signed by the Palestinian Authority by turning to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, how dare Abbas say his hands are outstretched in peace?” Ariel asked.
The absurdity of a two-state solution under these circumstances will not deter Hillary Clinton.
Hillary will continue Barack Obama’s Israel policies. She made that clear in her presidential book.