by: David Harris-Gershon on November 5th, 2015 | Comments Off
Hillary Clinton has published an op-ed in The Forward entitled, “How I Would Reaffirm Unbreakable Bond With Israel – and Benjamin Netanyahu.” The problems with it are so profound and numerous that I have no choice but to present some of her words and annotate them, which I’ll proceed to do shortly.
However, before beginning, it must be noted from the outset that Clinton, in this piece, not only “reaffirms” her commitment to Israel, but to a man whose transgressions are at the root of nearly every problem Clinton enumerates in her op-ed. This piece does not bode well for her leadership on matters of foreign affairs in the Middle East, as it points to a continuing or broadening of support for the most hawkish elements standing against reconciliation.
In her opening paragraph, Clinton writes:
We have recently marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, a good friend, a courageous warrior and a great statesman. This somber anniversary, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington on November 9, is an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bonds of friendship and unity between the people and governments of the United States and Israel.
Missing is that Netanyahu bears responsibility for this somber anniversary―the assassination of Rabin. For what Clinton fails to remind us, and which American Jews invested in Israel remember all too well, is that Netanyahu’s incitements against Rabin stoked the very hatred which killed her “good friend.” Indeed, such dangerous incitements leading to bloodshed have become a signature of Netanyahu’s leadership.
But no matter, this is just Clinton using Rabin’s memorial as the occasion to write an op-ed. On its own, it would be more than forgivable, until one reads on.