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At American Jewish Congress Gala, Hillary Clinton Backs Obama on Iran Approach

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Hillary Clinton at the Saban Forum. Photo: Screenshot.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York on Wednesday night that she supports President Barack Obama’s policy towards Iran, the New York Observer reported.

Clinton said that her work in government was to enforce sanctions against Iran, but now she supports the administration policy, to hold off on sanctions until the negotiation process shows that Iran can or cannot become part of the international community.

“I am also personally skeptical that the Iranians will follow through and deliver,” she said. “I have seen their behavior for years. But this is a development that is worth testing.”

“That means we, the United States, should avoid doing anything to undermine the negotiations, including as the intelligence community has warned, imposing new unilateral sanctions,” she said.

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As a senator from New York, Clinton said, “I voted for every sanction that came down the pipe against Iran.” As secretary of state, she said, “We went after Iran’s oil industry, banks and weapons programs. We enlisted insurance firms, shipping lines, energy companies, financial institutions and others to cut Iran off.”

“We want to give space for diplomacy to work,” Clinton said. “If it does not, then we can always, and we will, put on additional sanctions … And yes, we will explore every other option. And let’s be clear, every other option does remain on the table.”

Despite her Iran stance, which differs from Israel’s approach, Clinton told the crowd, attendees at an American Jewish Congress dinner, where she accepted a lifetime achievement award, that she was a supporter of Israel.

“Israel is more than a country, it is a dream nurtured for generations,” she said.

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