Recently, a couple of articles have come out assessing Hillary Clinton’s position on Israel and the Prime Minister there, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Bustle magazine takes a look at the situation. They claim that Hillary “has a lot more faith in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than the Obama administration, whose patience with Bibi is wearing thin.”
“Clinton has reaffirmed her support for a two-state solution on multiple occasions, and she does not want Israel to be a ‘partisan issue.'”
Apparently, if the Democrats had a different view on the situation in Israel, that would make Israel a ” partisan issue.”
Hillary Clinton also made comments about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seemed inaccurate. BDS is a global movement to boycott, divest, and sanction companies that are involved with the occupation of Palestinian lands.
For example, some governments or churches refuse to invest in Ford, Caterpillar, or Hewlett Packard, because those companies provide security systems and equipment to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Border Patrol Units. A BDS movement was reportedly also used against Apartheid South Africa in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
On July 2nd, Clinton sent a letter to Israeli American businessman / campaign donor Haim Saban, writing that “I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority” in order to “fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.” She sent a similar letter to Jewish communal leader Malcolm Hoenlein, according to The Times of Israel.
In the letters, former Secretary Clinton also mentioned Palestinian efforts to “unilaterally declare statehood” at the U.N. — efforts that she is proud to have blocked, according to Bustle. However, more than 130 countries officially recognize Palestine as a state, writes Bustle, including The Vatican.