Hillary Clinton is absolutely 100 percent pro-Israel.
Except for the parts where she opposes Jews living in Israel. Also she takes pride in being the “designated yeller”.
Speaking to Fareed Zakaria on CNN Sunday morning, Hillary said that the continued settlement activity is “my biggest complaint with the Israeli government.”
“I’m a strong supporter of Israel, a strong supporter of their right to defend themselves. But the continuing settlements, which have been denounced by successive American administrations on both sides of the aisle, are clearly a terrible signal to send if, at the same time, you claim you’re looking for a two-state solution,” she said.
During the interview, Hillary also took pride of her complicated relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I was often the ‘designated yeller,’” she said.
That’s an attempt at putting a cutesy spin on ugly scenes like these.
In March 2010, Clinton made a now-infamous phone call to Netanyahu in which she berated and threatened the prime minister for 45 minutes, issued a list of demands he would have to meet to salvage the U.S.-Israel relationship, and then instructed the State Department press secretary to boast to the press of just how harshly she had treated Netanyahu.
“The announcement of the settlements on the very day that the vice president was there was insulting,” Clinton told CNN on Friday.
After the Clinton phone call, then-Israeli ambassador Michael Oren commented that relations between the two countries had hit their lowest ebb in 35 years.
A few weeks later, in April 2010, Clinton gave a speech at a dinner that was attended by Ambassador Oren and several ambassadors from Arab countries, and once again attacked Israel. She accused Israel of engaging in “unilateral statements and actions” that had undermined the peace process and she laid blame for humanitarian problems in Gaza on Israel, rather than the terrorist group Hamas that controls the territory and uses it to launch attacks on Israel. She even claimed that the lack of progress in the peace process – Israel’s fault
That was a more open act of hostility than anything Obama said. Think about that for a minute, Hillary Clinton came off more hostile to Israel in public statements… than Obama.
But that’s not surprising. It’s just Hillary being Hillary.
In 1999 Suha Arafat, Yasser Arafat’s wife, said, “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.”
Although Hillary Clinton was sitting on the same stage and receiving a simultaneous translation of Mrs. Arafat’s speech, she sat silent.
When the speech was finished the First Lady stood up and walked over to Suha Arafat. Hillary Clinton’s response to the accusation that Israel was using poison gas?
A kiss and a hug for Mrs. Arafat.
And even now Hillary just can’t control herself.