Concerning Israel, Clinton identified herself as further to the right than Obama and even Trump
For the last few months I’ve been pulling my hair out watching Hillary masquerade as a progressive candidate in order to win the Democratic Primary. After watching Hillary Clinton’s speech in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) yesterday, I have to say, I have no more hair left to pull.
Every year politicians of all stripes gather at the AIPAC (a pro-Israel lobbying group) conference to sing Israel’s praises. Which would be fine of course if it weren’t for the nearly fifty year old occupation and isolation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, illegal settlements and continuous oppression of millions of Palestinians.
Clinton’s remarks were extremely one sided and many outside the United States called the speech “disgusting.” The language reminded me a lot of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the rhetoric he used during his successful re-election campaign last year.
For those that don’t remember, Netanyahu basically argued that a two state solution was not in the cards (and therefore neither was peace) and shortly after oversaw Israel’s biggest theft of Palestinian Land in thirty years.
Naturally, hyping her deep, personal commitment to the Jewish state, Clinton said that “one of the first things I’ll do in office is invite Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to visit the White House.”
That was just the start. Everything bad about Israeli policy and US imperialism was praised by the woman who would be President. Vowing to take the U.S.-Israel relationship to “the next level” (as if that’s even possible, Clinton said that “as president, I will make a firm commitment to ensure Israel maintains its qualitative military edge.”
Clinton once again spoke about her previous pledge to dismantle the growing international, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, linking the campaign against Palestinian apartheid to anti-Semitism, saying “we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.”
She then specifically called on young people “on the front lines” to resist efforts to boycott Israel, saying: “I hope you stay strong. Keep speaking out. Don’t let anyone silence you, bully you or try to shut down debate.” Unless of course you support BDS, in which case you should be silenced.
Clinton spent most of the thirty-six minute AIPAC Speech attacking Palestinian leaders and Iran, and at one point even tried to tie ISIS with Hamas. Her rhetoric was hawkish and warlike like most Republicans, the only difference Clinton said would be that Republicans would insult their adversaries instead of engaging them and embolden them rather than defeat them.
Perhaps Haaretz had the best headline: On Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton Is the Only Republican Left Standing. Clinton sure enough went after Republican front runner Donald Trump, who despite all the anti-Muslim rhetoric, has come out as neutral towards the Israel/Palestinian conflict.
“We can’t be neutral when rockets rain down on residential neighborhoods, when civilians are stabbed in the street, when suicide bombers target the innocent. Some things aren’t negotiable, and anyone who doesn’t understand that has no business being our president.”
How anyone with that frame of mind plans to negotiate peace is beyond my understanding. You would think after Clinton’s speech that Israelis are the only ones suffering. Palestinians never get shot by the IDF, Palestinians never get attacked by Jewish settlers (there were 130 last October alone). Palestinians enjoy all the freedoms and rights enjoyed by their occupiers, don’t they?
After nearly twenty-five minutes of kissing Israeli ass and threatening its neighbors, Clinton devoted one little minute of the AIPAC Speech to the peace process in which she called for a two state solution, a policy already rejected by the man she wants to invite to the White House. Following the hawkish AIPAC speech, there is no reason on earth for Palestinians to trust her with anything.
Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, summarized the speech best:
“More arms for Israel, a stronger relationship between Israel and the U.S., no mention of Palestinian rights, and no recognition of the impossible contradiction of being both democratic and Jewish when the state is predicated on maintaining systems of unequal rights and rule by military occupation.”