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Hillary’s Gender is Irrelevant; Her Stance on Israel Is Not

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Hillary Clinton. Photo: Screenshot.

Hillary Clinton. Photo: Screenshot.

While Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem scandalously urge young women to vote for Hillary Clinton just because she’s a woman, I have not seen anything similar in the Jewish community. No one is saying we should feel for “the Bern” just because Sanders is a member of the tribe. And no Jewish leader is condemning those Jews who do not vote for Sanders to hell the way that Albright is doing to women who will not vote for Hillary.

And it’s to our credit that this is so. You vote for the most qualified candidate, not the candidate who best matches your ethnicity or gender. You vote for a candidate who respects and represents your values, whatever their identity.

With Israel facing yet another horrible terror wave, and with its very existence threatened by the international legitimacy given to it by the catastrophic Iran deal, I believe the question that has to be asked by the pro-Israel community is which candidate will be the best defender of Israel.

Last week, I wrote about the State Department’s email dump of Hillary’s communications from her private server. The former secretary of state received a veritable trove of advice and information about Israel from her closest advisers. Curiously, it’s almost all hostile.

It behooves the candidate to explain the emails and why they are nearly all of such a negative nature.

This week I enclose some more gems.

Martin Indyk was advising Hillary during her time as secretary of state. In 2007, Indyk’s Brooking’s Institute, a purported objective non-partisan government think tank, opened up a branch in Qatar, a country that is virulently anti-Israel and serves as Hamas’ main financial backer. Seven years later it was revealed that Indyk’s relationship with Qatar had progressed to the point that Qatar had given $14.8 million dollars to Indyk’s institute. This phenomenon of foreign governments purchasing political influence using corrupted think tanks in Washington has been well attested to in the past.

Keep in mind that in the background of this concealed, blatant conflict of interest, Indyk was one of the top diplomats assigned to formulating Mideast policy and negotiating a two-state solution in Israel. The bombshell revelations of these Qatar donations compromised Indyk immensely and Netanyahu’s government responded by saying that Indyk could not be trusted.

Nonetheless, during Hillary’s time at State, Indyk had Hillary’s ear when it came to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Indyk’s emails to Hillary show an anti-Israel bias. He talks about the need to look not at Bibi’s politics, but at his “psychology.” He writes to Hillary how he thinks Netanyahu “at heart … seems to lack a generosity of spirit.” He attacks Netanyahu over and over as having “inflated demands” and lacking the willingness to risk Israel’s security with a West Bank that we all know would likely become yet another Hamastan. He writes nothing of Abbas’ continual incitement and calls for murder against Israelis, nor the need to outlaw terrorist groups.

Indyk also describes how world opinion can be used against Netanyahu, writing, “If Israel doesn’t make a serious move, it will further delegitimize its standing internationally.” He also incredulously describes how the US can use the fear of a potential nuclear Iran to force Israel to sign a deal with the Palestinians, because “Bibi needs President Obama in his corner to deal with the threat from Iran.”

Then there is Jake Sullivan, Hillary’s deputy chief of staff, who has also been revealed to harbor anti-Israel views. In one heavily redacted email to Hillary regarding talks with Netanyahu, Sullivan’s subject line reads: “dealing with Netanyahu.” This is the cavalier way by which many of Hillary’s subordinates refer to the prime minister of Israel. His name rarely comes with titles. It’s just “Netanyahu.

But I digress.

Sullivan has been shown to be a big fan of Peter Beinart, the man whom I recently debated in Tel Aviv and who justified terror attacks against Israelis and demanded that America punish Israel for electing Netanyahu. Beinart, in our debate, compared the world’s foremost Jewish philanthropist and principal sponsor of Birthright, Sheldon Adelson, to the terrorist leaders of Iran.

Beinart’s writings are blatantly anti-Israel and he has become infamous in the Jewish community for his calls for a complete boycott of Judea and Samaria in the hopes of forcing Israel to withdraw. The fact that Hamas or ISIS would inevitably overthrow Abbas’ weak government, as happened in Gaza, does not weigh in Beinart’s demands that Israel be punished if it does not accede to his demands.

Unfortunately, it isn’t just Sullivan, but Hillary herself who has also been revealed as a fan of Beinart’s.

After Sid Blumenthal sent Hillary an anti-Israel column from Beinart, Hillary forwarded it to Sullivan, writing, “Pls read so we can discuss.” Sullivan responds to the article, “Fascinating.”

When Blumenthal sent Hillary an article from his son, Max, filled with his usual anti-Israel drivel, Hillary forwarded the article to Sullivan with the message, “Interesting reading.”

Sullivan responds to her,”This is really fascinating. Does Beinart get into all of this?”

Hillary responds, “Yes.”

In other words, Sullivan’s response to another Israel-hating Max Blumenthal article is to call it “fascinating” and to try and compare the ideas it contains with the writings of Israel critic Peter Beinart. Furthermore when he asks Hillary if Beinart “gets into all this” he is implying that Hillary is well read up on Beinart’s ideas and works, and Hillary confirms this when she responds “yes”. Let’s also not forget that Bill Clinton wrote a wild endorsement of Beinart’s book The Crisis of Zionism, where Beinart disgustingly charges Israel with everything from racism to apartheid-like conditions against Palestinians.

Beinart’s writings are completely in the acceptable spectrum of legitimate approaches towards Israel in Hillary’s world.

The truth is, my article could have been many pages longer. The accumulated evidence regarding Hillary Clinton’s views on Israel is too much for one column, and this is only a sampling. It’s important to note that when former senior adviser to Obama Dennis Ross wrote his tell-all book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama, he described a faction within the White House that saw Israel as “more of a problem” than a partner.

Since Hillary describes herself as someone who was a great friend to Israel in the Obama administration, it becomes downright scary to imagine what the anti-Israel camp in the administration must have looked like.

Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” is the international bestselling author of 30 books including his upcoming The Israel Warrior. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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  • nelson marans

    Certainly neither Democratic candidate has shown a favorable view toward Israel. The obvious response should be a vote for the Republican candidate, assuming his stance on Israel is acceptable.

  • Roberta

    Don’t be fooled by Bernie Sanders just because he is “Jewish.” He is a leftist first and completely anti-Israel. Although he is keeping quiet about it to benefit from assumptions about him, he is allied with JStreet, a leftist anti-Israel policy group in Washington. He also has advisors from arab organizations.
    The Democrat party is happy to take their support from Jewish Americans for granted, but the party has completely shifted its allegiance to align with Muslim interests, because they are a growing demographic. Don’t look for any Israel support from Democrats and soon, as in France, they will quietly shrug about antisemitism in this country.

  • Lily Teperow

    I look forward to all Algemeiner sends. These people who are more American than American are deluding themselves . If anything catastrophic happens to Israel they will be deminished as an American and as a Jew . Supreme Court Justice Brandeis said “you cannot be a good American if you are not a good Jew and you cannot be a good Jew if you are not a Zionist “.i rest my case

  • Must agree with you about Clinton, but is Sanders any better for Israel?

  • Larry Andrews

    Today, being pro-Israel is to be pro-Republican, ALL of the Republican presidential candidates are strong supporters of Israel. Vote Republican, and you vote for a strong Israel!

  • Robert Davis

    With advisers such as Blumenthal and the rest of the scumbag gang how can she be a …”friend of Israel”? she can only be a LIAR and an anti Israel person. Everything about her is OBNOXIOUS to Israel and America. She wants to turn America and Israel to communists and arabs, same program as that of hussein obanana!

  • Mark_NYC

    I am greatly troubled by the people Hillary has surrounded herself with when it comes to seeking advice on Israel. But I am also greatly troubled by the near primitivism displayed by most of the Republican candidates when it comes to science, the environment, tax breaks for the wealthy, a lack of concern about income disparity, and government regulation of miscreants in business, pollution, pharmaceuticals, etc. And Kasich, who seems to be the most reasonable among them appears to be supportive of Obama’s Iran deal. Not to mention the future makeup of the Supreme Court. Israel is extremely important, but there are other things going on in our country that are important as well, and I don’t see Rabbi Boteach commenting on these.

    • Leslie Benjamini

      It is a terrible conundrum we find ourselves in with this election. You are absolutely correct about the primitivism of the Republicans & all the other things you mentioned. They are a most unpalatable bunch. I am thinking Gov. Kasich is probably the best of the buch, not that I hold out much hope for him getting to far. I am an independent, Jewish, & cannot in good conscience vote for Hillary as I see her as Obama on steroids as far as anti Israel. The more I read about how Obama & Kerry are obstructing the Saudi’s & other middle eastern countries who want to come together with Israel against common foes in the region & other anti Israel behavior that we don’t even know about ( much less what we do) it makes me sick. And this is all because Obama is acting like a spoiled brat because he hates Netanyahu & doesn’t want him to have any good hasbara success. Sanders is so progressive that he will bend over backwards & inside out for the Palestinians, he is meeting with JStreet & Arab American groups for foreign policy advice. I feel like an American without a voice in this election. Both parties are run by big money, nothing is going to change, it’s going to be the same old, same old even should blowhard Trump get in. They will sit him down in the oval, read him his rights,educate him, tell him like it is, he will shut up & get on with business as usual.

  • Just also remember Sanders’ antisemitic record: 1. He worked on a Stalinist kibbutz whose members believed in the elimination of Israel. 2. He is a lifelong supporter of the Sandanistas whose foundational principles included the burning of synagogues and the ethnic cleansing of the Jews of Nicaragua…Sanders cares as much about the Jewish people today as Gertrude Stein cared about the Jews of France. His abysmal record concerning Israel and Jews proves it.

  • Peter Joffe

    No one person can run America. It takes a team to do so. Obama was not a team builder he was an autocrat with a strong leaning to Islam. He spoke well but that is not the qualification needed to be a good president. Clinton is an egotist and will also try to rule by decree. I find it very amusing that the best person from a debate jackpot can become a president. The USA is the biggest business on earth and out of all the candidates Trump, trumps them all. Thye White House needs to be a collective with the best team leader guiding the team.

  • Russell Mollot

    Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders has a long history of support for the so-called “Palestinians”. His views on the Arab-Israel Conflict — judging from the “educational” video on the website — are decidedly anti-Israel. The video, by the way, presents a grossly inaccurate “history lesson” leaving the viewer with the topsy-turvy impression that the fictitious “Palestinian People” (invented in the 1960’s) somehow have aboriginal claims to the Holy Land. It is clear that Sanders intends to shower love and affection upon Hamas and the P.L.O. Regardless, the hapless Jewish voters will vote Democrat. We Jews are ready to prove we are more American than the Americans. We Jews are more Democratic than the Democrats. Whichever anti-Israel Democrat is our candidate, we Jews will be more anti-Israel than our candidate. This will be tough with Bernie, as he — fearing to be labeled “Jew” — is
    going to do his utmost to be the MOST anti-Israel one of all.

  • ZG

    Very good,factual post!!!

  • Mike P.

    Hillary is not to be trusted on Israel.

    Just prior to entering a gathering of Israel supporters, Hillary asked her host, “what do I have to say to these people?”

    She takes advice from Max Blumenthal (self-hating Jew, anti-Semite) through Sidney Blumenthal.

    She relies upon the minute-to-minute counsel of the daughter of the publishers for Muslim Brotherhood, Huma Abadein.

    She loved Arafat and Arafat’s wife and she stayed silent while Arafat’s wife repeated Medieval blood libels about poisoning of wells.

    She plotted on how to create pressure on Israel or to make Israel look bad and took enormous pleasure in scolding Bibi for 45 minutes.


  • Judie Amsel

    While I am a strong supporter of Israel, I think it is important to remember that we are voting for the President of the United States, not of Israel. No part of the GOP agenda matches my religious and ethical beliefs. Having a GOP President, who will be selecting justices of the Supreme Court terrifies me.

  • Alan

    I am not surprised by anything in the rabbis column. But why no mention of his friend Cory Booker, who by the way voted in favor of the Iran deal, standing alongside Albright, Steinem and Hillary with a big grin on his face?

    • art

      Cory isn’t running. Hillary is running and she is a danger to Israel. Look at a list of donors to the several Clinton Foundations, especially the one in Canada where there is no disclosing of info, an international money laundering operation for the benefit of Clinton