Hillary Clinton Bloodies Up Bibi

Sunday, March 14, 2010

People familiar with me know I am not exactly a fan of Hillary Clinton. I was neutral about her until she sat down with then-candidate Barack Obama and HRC president Joe Solmonese for the LOGO/Human Rights Campaign presidential primary event in 2008. When asked about repealing her husband’s ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ Clinton said she was opposed to its repeal — only article 3, the portion of DOMA that blocks Federal benefits from conveying to same-sex partners should be repealed. Her remarks were chilling and largely responsible for my reason to support Obama in the election.

But, that was then and today, Clinton travels the world as America’s Secretary of State. Overall, I think Clinton has done a good job representing the values and interests of our country. She’s smart and strident and not afraid to speak the truth to power, even when that power is the U.S. closest allies, and strategic partner, Israel.

Israel’s decision to move ahead with 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, announced during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, was a slap in the U.S.’s face and promptly drew criticism from Washington in language rarely directed at even Iran or North Korea.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Israel’s announcement “was an insult to the United States.” Clinton’s words are a welcomed change from the usual U.S. posture of handled Israel with kid gloves.

In a 45-minute phone call Friday to Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, Clinton upbraided him and demanded that he take more steps to show his nation’s commitment to the peace process. A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity in the midst of the diplomatic friction, described the administration’s objection to the project as “the first time the U.S. has really pushed back hard.”

Unaccustomed to such sharp U.S. criticism, the Israeli government was stunned and perplexed by the Clinton’s assault. Netanyahu convened seven members of his Cabinet on Saturday to consider their response, and his office said a committee would investigate the timing of the housing announcement.

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18 Responses to Hillary Clinton Bloodies Up Bibi

  1. feminazi says:

    As a Jew and an American, I say it’s long passed due that someone in the U.S. government takes Israel to task for their refusal to be responsible partners in the peace process. All too often, Israel behaves like a spoiled brat, a trust fund baby, who knows it can ask daddy for another billion and not follow the terms of its commitment to its neighbors. I applaud Hillary’s dose of reality.

  2. Walk on Socks says:

    This is decades overdue.

    The US is an international pariah because of Israel and in the Arab and Islamic world, we have absolutely no credibility because Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is akin to apartheid.

    I can only hope this is a new leaf in US/Israeli relations and radical Likud, Netanyahu, is forced into a box and kicked out of office by fair-minded Israelis who realize cooperation is the key to any sustainable and meaningful peace process.

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    Didn’t Israel back Hillary Clinton in the presidential election? They loathe Obama, that much is true. I wonder when the Jewish media will float the notion that Hillary is now an anti-Semite for her comments? You just know this is coming. For the record, what Israel did while Vice President Biden was on Israeli soil was appalling and not the behavior that suggests an American ally. I don’t blame the Israelis but I very much blame Netanyahu.

  4. lea-lea says:

    Hillary is a bitch and she doesn’t suffer fools.

    Even when they’re Israelis who claim to be American allies. I guess I’m not so willing to cut the Israeli people any slack. They voted Netanyahu into office and they knew damned well what they were getting.

    It’s no different from the American people who voted to give George W. Bush a second term.

  5. DMason says:

    I agree with Walk on Socks. This is years overdue and finally we seem to have a President and a Secretary of State, willing to hold everyone who gets foreign aid from the American people, accountable for the behavior. I’ve always said, foreign aid needs to be tied to accountability and performance.

  6. BuddhalovesPaine says:

    What ever Hillary said is just a brunch of smoke.
    Nothing will change in the way the US or Isreal have been doing business. The only justice that exists in this world is victors justice. Yahoo!
    Vill all Generals please step to the left pick up a bar ov soap as you pass the desk and follow me to the showers.

  7. Kate Novotny says:

    The Palestinians have suffered the violence and the tyranny of Israel for decades, and the American people look the other way, self-medicating on sports scores and American Idol winners.

    I say give them hell, Hillary. Give them hell.

    The U.S. debt is projected to reach $20.3 trillion in 2010 — nine years from now, which will represent 90% of U.S. GDP. We’re have 10% unemployment and our influence in the world is waning. We can’t pay for education and tens of millions lack health insurance.

    Yet, we give a terrorist state like Israel $15 billion a year to wreck havoc in the region and but F-16s.

    The U.S. Congress must tie foreign aid to human rights. Israel is no better than South Africa was during Apartheid. Israel’s standard of living is higher the much of the U.S., yet we keep giving them billions?

  8. Dartanyon1971 says:

    The region has been in turmoil ever since Truman and the Brits authorized the partition back in the 1940’s, an act that kicked the Palestinians out of their homes and made them 3rd class citizens in their own nation. I know the Israeli Jews say there is a Biblical justification for Israel’s existence and this may be one argument, but you will never, ever have sustainable peace in the Middle East as long as Israel’s existence comes at the expense of the Palestinians. Read “What Price Israel?” written during that period by Alfred M Lilienthal, an American Jew. It’s a real eye-opener. Hillary Clinton’s comments represent a rare example of foreign policy truth and I appreciate her comments.

  9. Gleneagle says:

    When it comes to the Middle East, there is enough blame to go around.

    Hamas used women and children as human shields.

    Israel kills thousands if Lebanese children with bombs.

    And so it goes.

  10. as an AMerican Jew – i am with feminazi – the israelis have take advantage of american largesse for far too long. i am not saying the palestinians have been willing partners either – BOTH have made the peace process nothing be an exercise in mental masturbation.

    until the US actually threatens to withdraw $$$$ (which who knows, Hillary might have said) – Bibi feels he can do what he wants. this annoucement was no accident or mistake – there are NO such things. just as there is not such thing as a apology.

    if the israelis want to go this alone – good luck. again as am american jew i am supposed to say israel right or wrong – not this one.

  11. Nigel Karsten says:

    Bibi Netanyahu made a curious statement about the threat a nuclear Iran posed to Israel. He said:

    “Israel is not like other countries. We are faced with security challenges that no other country faces, and our need to provide a response to these is critical, and we are answering the call. My job is first and foremost to ensure the future of the state of Israel Our relationship with the United States is of great importance. Our situation today is different from our situation between 1996 and 1999. Our priorities must be inline with national security needs and we must unite in order to deflect the danger. The Defense Minister and I are working in coordination; he is not conducting an independent policy.”

    His suggestion is clear. Israel will act alone to stop the nuclear threat Iran represents. If in fact this is the course Israel is taking — independent of its relationship with the USA, then no one should be surprised to Israel announce an expansion of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden’s visit.

    In fact, the message to the USA is: fuck you.

  12. Jimmy says:

    The charge of anti-semitism made against anyone who dares speak for the interests of the Palestinians, who struggle daily against the ravages of Israeli occupation, is ridiculous. The Palestinians are also semitic people, as are all Arabs. This baseless charge has had a suffocating effect on American policy toward the region and it needs to stop. Calling Zionism into question does not equate to Jew hating.

  13. Harry says:

    Why can’t we all just get along?

  14. bradfrmphnx says:

    When I read that American Jews are equally upset with Netan-yahoo’s actions, that holds some weight with me. I look at Israel as a big bully anymore. It would seem to be very simple for them to dismantle the West Bank Barrier and the Gaza Strip Barrier and allow access between the two. The results of not allowing trade into the Gaza Strip forces them into a welfare state. We read about young Israeli men going into Palestine and attacking and beating old men and women in rural areas, and now this. No wonder there are problems such as there are. They add fuel to a conflagration when they do things like this, and give Hamas a reason to be.

  15. Prairiedog says:

    Why can’t we all just get along?

    Religion. Religion, as usual, is the root of all evil.

  16. Conejo1982 says:

    Prairiedog hit the nail on the head.

    Throughout the annals of history, religion has been the cause of most of the world’s strife.

  17. woyoyo says:

    I haven’t’ followed this newest dust up between the U.S. and Israel. Frankly, I’m tired of my tax dollars going to Israel and all the other nations with their paws extended while we can’t fund public education for American kids and my state income tax refund is going to be delayed 6 months.

  18. Fran says:

    It’s not the timing of the message, per se, its the actual message. The 1,600 housing units, the aggressiveness, the escalation.

    It would not have made the bad news any better, if they waited till after Biden’s visit- it would still be bad news.

    Israel is making a bold, in your face move.
    You throw rocks in hornets nests, you are likely to get stung.

    Problem w the US, is they like to give advice to other countries on how they should behave, but fail to stay out of the affairs & meddling/illegal occupations themselves.

    Sure the US spoke up, but in reality the pot is calling the kettle black.

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