Moses said to the people in his final charge "I put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life...Be strong and resolute..for the Lord will not forsake you" Deut. 30 and 31. Former US National Debate Champion and Ordained Rabbi tackles issues of Public Policy, Israel, Islamic Terrorism, Antisemitism, Jewish Wisdom and the Chicago Bears
Hillary Clinton and President Obama. (Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)
Politico reports: “Hillary Clinton is privately signaling to wealthy Jewish donors that — no matter the result of the Iranian nuclear negotiations — she will be a better friend to Israel than President Barack Obama. But, even as donors increasingly push Clinton on the subject in private, they have emerged with sometimes widely varying interpretations about whether she would support a prospective deal, according to interviews with more than 10 influential donors and fundraising operatives.” It is amusing that the general assumption in private among Democrats is that Obama has been very bad for Israel (not that it changes liberal Jews’ voting patterns).
It’s also typical Clinton. She speaks in word clouds, never defining her views with precision and letting everyone take what they want from her verbal froth. She is not about to cross Obama, not with left-wing doves pecking at her heels in the Democratic primary. And yet, the imminent Iran deal is likely to be so obviously awful that she risks doing damage to her general-election prospects. Moreover, there is the matter of her own dismal record.
In fact, she is no better friend to Israel than Obama, as we have seen over the past seven years. Rather than be brushed off by platitudes and doubletalk, pro-Israel Democrats should demand answers to specific questions — lots of them:
Was it a mistake to elevate the issue of settlements so publicly and forcefully?
Was Secretary of State John Kerry wrong to speculate that the United States could not shield Israel from boycotts if Israel did not make peace with the Palestinians?
Do you have objections to the anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) language in the Trade Promotion Authority legislation? Has the administration suggested some type of BDS efforts are legitimate?
Is a deal that leaves Iran with 5,000 centrifuges a good deal?