In the days after the Israeli election, the White House began spewing inflammatory words about former friend of the White House Benjamin Netanyahu. These attacks reached a zenith Thursday with Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s indictment of the prime minister’s explanation of his comments about a two-state solution.
Many have begun to question why Hillary Clinton, the presumed 2016 Democratic candidate for president, has failed to weigh in on the Bama-Bibi wars. Those who ask the question ignore Mrs. Clinton’s historic anti-Israel positions, which for now are being impeded by the fact she will soon be looking for donations and votes from the Jewish community.
But wait, some might say: Hillary was a big supporter of Israel when she was in the U.S. Senate. But except for times when she needed the electoral support and money of New York’s Jewish voting bloc, Hillary Clinton has never been pro-Israel.
Even before her marriage to Bill Clinton, Hillary opposed Israel and promoted the forces of terrorism. On page 49 of his book American Evita, Christopher Anderson writes.
At a time when elements of the American Left embraced the Palestinian cause and condemned Israel, Hillary was telling friends that she was “sympathetic” to the terrorist organization and admired its flamboyant leader, Yasser Arafat. When Arafat made his famous appearance before the UN General Assembly in November 1974 wearing his revolutionary uniform and his holster on his hip, Bill “was outraged like everybody else,” said a Yale Law School classmate. But not Hillary, who tried to convince Bill that Arafat was a “freedom fighter” trying to free his people from their Israeli “oppressors.”
On page 50, the author relates an experience that Hillary and her future husband had during a trip to Arkansas in 1973:
It was during this trip to his home state that Bill took Hillary to meet a politically well-connected friend. When they drove up to the house, Bill and Hillary noticed that a menorah —the seven branched Hebrew candelabrum (not to be confused with the more common and subtler mezuzah) — has been affixed to the front door.
“My daddy was half Jewish,” explained Bill’s friend. “One day when he came to visit , my daddy placed the menorah on my door because he wanted me to be proud that we were part Jewish. And I wasn’t about to say no to my daddy.”
To his astonishment, as soon as Hillary saw the menorah, she refused to get out of the car. “Bill walked up to me and said that she was hot and tired, but later he explained the real reason.” According to the friend and another eyewitness, Bill said, “I’m sorry, but Hillary’s really tight with the people in the PLO in New York. They’re friends of hers, and she just doesn’t feel right about the menorah.”
Hillary’s attitude did not change when she became first lady. In May 1998 she became the first member of any presidential administration ever to call for a the establishment of a Palestinian state. Think about that for a moment: Nobody in the Carter administration made that demand. Neither did anyone in the Reagan or Bush 41 presidency. It took Hillary Clinton to “break the ice.” She told a youth conference on Middle East peace in Switzerland, that she supports the eventual creation of an independent Palestinian state. Her spokesperson, Marsha Berry, told reporters: “These remarks are her own personal view.”
In November 1999, while on a purported state visit to the Middle East, she publicly appeared with Yasser Arafat’s wife Suha. Mrs. Arafat made a slanderous allegation:
“Our [Palestinian] people have been submitted to the daily and intensive use of poisonous gas by the Israeli forces, which has led to an increase in cancer cases among women and children.” Suha also accused Israel of contaminating much of the water sources used by Palestinians with “chemical materials” and poisoning Palestinian women and children with toxic gases.”
Mrs. Clinton sat by silently listening to a real-time translation. At the end of the visit, Clinton and and the Arafat’s exchanged a hug and kiss.
Later, many hours after the event, and only after a media furor did Mrs. Clinton call on both sides to refrain from “inflammatory rhetoric and baseless accusations.”
Before Hillary’s tenure in the State Department, the Clintons made mega millions from their extensive involvement with Dubai. Besides being a leader in the movement to boycott Israel, Dubai is the “Hong Kong” of the terrorist world, and a major commerce and shipping point for the “business-side” of terrorism. Bill and Hilary are major friends of Dubai, to the point where the Clinton Foundation has established Dubai Study departments in universities in the U.S. and London. They worked hard at granting legitimacy to this Jew-hating, terrorist supporting nation.
During her Senate years Mrs. Clinton became a vocal supporter of Israel only because she needed the Jewish vote. But one of her first actions after leaving the Senate to become Secretary of State was to ignore a previous deal with Israel and call for the end of the construction of new homes in existing settlement neighborhoods.
And so it has gone.
Cross-posted at The Lid