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July 3, 2015 11:16 am

Report: Clinton Pleases Jewish Donors for and Against Iran Deal

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton, and Mahmoud Abbas meet in September 2010. Photo: State Department.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton, and Mahmoud Abbas meet in September 2010. Photo: State Department.

For Hillary Clinton, the Iran nuclear deal has become something of a “foreign policy Rorschach test” when addressing high-profile Jewish donors for the 2016 election, Politico reported on Friday.

“Donors who see a deal as important to world peace have come away thinking that Clinton shares their perspective, but so, too, do donors who oppose any prospective agreement as compromising Israeli security,” Politico reported.

Clinton’s foreign policy savvy and shrewd fundraising skills could be further challenged among Jewish donors should Western powers accept an Iranian nuclear agreement, which many pro-Israel supporters believe is likely to be a “bad deal” that threatens the very existence of the Jewish state.

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“Whatever way you go, there will be some people who won’t like it,” said a prominent Clinton donor, Sarah Kovner, according to the report.

A few months ago, American billionaire and Democratic supporter Haim Saban hinted on Israeli Channel 10 news that Clinton opposed a deal.

“She has an opinion, a very well-defined opinion. And in any case, everything that she thinks and everything she has done and will do will always be for the good of Israel. We don’t need to worry about this,” he said.

As Obama’s secretary of state before John Kerry, Clinton was involved in starting talks with Iran, so in either case, no doubt the issue will weigh heavily on her campaign.

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