“We need steady hands, not a president who says he’s neutral on Sunday, pro-Israel on Monday and who knows what on Tuesday, because everything is negotiable. Well my friends, Israel’s security is not negotiable.” – Hillary Clinton at AIPAC
AIPAC IS where American politicians go to prove who is more pro-Israel.
I’ve been writing about the Israel effect on political campaigns for over a decade, having been to more than one AIPAC conference and other Middle East events, including listening to Palestinians talking about their own economic plight, women talking about their lack of equality among hard-line Israelis.
Today, the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton went a step further by calling Donald Trump out, without using his name, for saying he wants to remain neutral.
Donald Trump is taking the event very seriously, according to reports. Protests from Jewish leaders, and a “surprise” from Trump, are predicted.
“The notion that his values are antithetical to Judaic principles is laughable. His daughter is Orthodox Jewish, many of his executives, some who go back with him 40 years as well as close friends are Jewish. Mr. Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was a staple in the Brooklyn/Queens Jewish communities and taught these standards to his children. The above should be more than enough to satisfy these Rabbis of Mr. Trump’s commitment to Israel and the Jewish people.” – Michael Cohen (the son of a Holocaust survivor) [Politico]
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It is Trump’s appearance in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, however, that figures to draw more attention and presents a bigger test for his campaign. A group of rabbis have said they plan to walk out on his speech in protest. Clinton’s appearance in front of AIPAC is less noteworthy; she spoke at the same event when she was a candidate for president eight years ago, and again as secretary of state in 2010.
“I believe it is our obligation as friends and supporters and allies of Israel to support Israel’s efforts for peace, stability and security,” Clinton told AIPAC in 2010. “Now this means doing more than providing Israel with economic aid so that it can remain strong in the face of ongoing threats.”
Clinton also took this moment to give a nod to Israel having already elected a woman to run their country.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 21, 2016
There is a lot of pressure on Donald Trump today and Hillary Clinton used it to her advantage.
“America can never be neutral when it comes to Israel’s security or survival,” she stated. “Anyone who doesn’t understand that has no business being our president.” […]
“The US and Israel must be closer than ever, stronger than ever and more determined than ever to go against our common adversaries and advance our common values,” she said.
Clinton said this was particularly so given the current wave of terror plaguing Israel. “These attacks must end immediately and Palestinian leaders need to stop inciting violence, celebrating terrorists as martyrs and stop paying rewards to their families.”
Can he deliver a policy speech on the Middle East without talking about his poll numbers? Will he?
It would be a first.