Hillary Clinton does not deserve the pro-Israel vote

Only by running against Bernie Sanders could Clinton succeed in being seen as the better candidate for the Jewish State

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HOD HASHARON, Israel, June 3, 2016 — Hillary Clinton is no friend of Israel. However, thanks to some fortunate occurrences (which Hillary oddly seems to be the beneficiary of far too often) she has all but locked up the pro-Israel vote within the Democratic Party and perhaps a large swath of it for the general election as well.

First, let me explain which voters I am not referring to. I am not referring to the purported “pro-Israel” Jews of the J Street and Open Hillel persuasion. Those Jews have proven that for them, “pro-Israel” is nothing more than a cloak in which to (poorly) hide their self-hate. No Jewish organization that holds a “Nakba” event in its building on Israeli Independence Day, as the Hillel at Brown University did, can be considered pro-Israel in even its most basic terms. These are not the voters Hillary has secured. In fact, these are the voters who seem to be the bread-and-butter of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Which brings us to Bernie Sanders. How is it that Sanders is the only person to challenge Hillary this election season? Hillary lost the nomination to President Obama the last time she ran and that was before she was under federal investigation. Common sense would dictate that at the beginning of the primary season, the Democratic nomination was as up-for-grabs as ever. However, thanks to luck (unlikely) or back-door manipulation (probably), Hilary faces just one slightly unhinged caricature of a Jewish socialist from the 1960s.

Let’s take a look at who could have run against Hillary but hasn’t (at least not yet). Former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg was certainly positioned to take a shot at the White House. This is the same Michael Bloomberg who, hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, at the direction of President Obama, prohibited domestic airlines from flying to Israel after Hamas began launching rockets, hopped onto an El Al flight to the Jewish State as fast as he could and then penned an op-ed explaining why he did so. In the op-ed, Bloomberg wrote, “Every country has a right to defend its borders from enemies, and Israel was entirely justified in crossing into Gaza to destroy the tunnels and rockets that threaten its sovereignty. I know what I would want my government to do if the U.S. was attacked by a rocket from above or via a tunnel from below; I think most Americans do, too.” It is widely believed that his actions and statements at that time widely won him support even among Republican Jews, who generally opposed his other intensely progressive political positions.

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That is to say, had Bloomberg decided to run in the Democratic primary, the pro-Israel vote would not be resting quietly in Hillary’s pocket. But instead, she got Bernie.

Another possible challenger to Clinton could have been Vice President Biden. While his record on Israel may be marred by his association with the Obama White House and his own horrible treatment of Benjamin Netanyahu, he certainly isn’t significantly different from Hillary in this regard. Both worked on the Iran deal, and both have verbally berated the Israeli prime minister but both still allege to be staunch supporters of the Jewish state and its right to defend itself.

Even if Hillary has the edge over Biden with regard to Zionist voters, the allocation of such votes would be far more equally distributed. But instead, she got Bernie.

Which brings us to Bernie.

Bernie, who was the only candidate to refuse to address the AIPAC Policy Conference in person and then went on to hammer Israel in an address he gave to the conference over video chat.

Bernie, who grossly inflated the Gaza death toll by a factor of five and then more or less refused to back off the inaccurate statement despite being given multiple chances.

Bernie, who has appointed a woman who outspokenly supports the anti-Zionist BDS movement as his Jewish outreach director before public backlash forced him to fire her.

Bernie, who has now appointed perennial Israel-haters Cornel West (who regularly tours with the Vermont senator on the campaign trail), James Zogby and Keith Ellison to the Democratic platform committee.

This is the man opposing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. And this is why pro-Israel Americans should be worried.

That is because, as stated at the opening of this article, Hillary Clinton is no friend of Israel. Even for those who believe that her husband, Bill, for all of his misguided attempts, really had an affection for Israel at heart, Hillary is no Bill. As secretary of state, Hillary showed her true, anti-Israel colors, constantly sniping at Netanyahu, vociferously supporting the Iran deal and rambling on about disproportional responses to Hamas rocket fire and tunnel attacks. She has constantly propped up terrorist-embracing Palestinian Authority “president” (who is in his 11th year of a four-year term) Mahmoud Abbas.

A President Hillary Clinton is a danger to the state of Israel, especially with the rise of Hezbollah in the north, Hamas gearing up for another war in the south, ISIS gaining traction in Syria, Jordan and Egypt and Iran’s full-steam-ahead nuclear program being met with international indifference and even approval.

As things always seem to, Hillary was fortunate enough to only be challenged by Sanders. Or perhaps, it was not luck at all. Perhaps it is the same forces that has thus far kept her from federal indictment and has netted her an insanely disproportionate amount of the Democratis Party’s super delegates (544 to 45 as of this article’s publishing).

Whatever the reason, Hillary’s fortunes will be Israel’s loss unless a last-minute jump-in by Bloomberg or Biden or a Justice Department indictment.

Therefore, any voter who is truly concerned for the wellbeing of the state of Israel and considers it to be one of the most important ideals dictating who they will vote for this November must consider not voting for Hillary.

If you love Israel and want it to be safe, don’t let her Sanders strawman tactic succeed. If you want to support the Jewish State, hop on the #NeverHillary train. All aboard.

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