Thursday, December 31, 2015

Clinton for President

I have a suggestion. Let's elect Hillary Clinton President...

                                                                                                ...of Israel!

She obviously loves Israel. Annie Robbins, writes:

            Yesterday Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Washington that included more pandering to Israel             than any speech I've heard from any American politician. It was endless. Israel is a brave                     democracy, a light unto the nations, a miracle, its “prowess in war” is “inspiring,” and we                   must take the US-Israel relationship to the next level.”[i]

I can't imagine what “a next level” would look like.

In her speech, she never mentioned the “occupation.” It just does not exist and settlements don't matter.  She would be great as President of Israel.  Other than not knowing the difference between Hamas and ISIS, she is highly qualified and she would love it.  She loves policies in Israel that she claims to hate in America. For instance, she ridicules Donald Trump's wanting to put a ban on Muslims coming into the U.S., while such is standard practice in Israel.  I have a friend who was denied entrance into Israel last year simply because he was not Jewish and had a camera. If it is wrong, racist and xenophobic to do so here, why is it acceptable in Israel?  She condemns Donald Trump's proposal for a wall on our border with Mexico and praises every wall Israel has ever built on its own land, on borders and on land belonging to others, especially those walls that seal out Palestinian and seals in their water.

Benjamin Netanyahu would welcome her as his president. They have been swooning over each other for years. She supports everything he does even when it puts American security in jeopardy.  Iran, she says, not Israel, but Iran, is guilty of bad behavior.  She seldom spells out just what Iran does to be so bad, other than supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, both of whom exist to protect its citizens from Israel's aggression.

She brags that, as Secretary of State, she undermined the Goldstone Report, the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza bombardment of Gaza during December 2008 and January 2009:

            The Goldstone Report accused Israel of numerous war crimes and violations of international             humanitarian law. Israel committed “a grave breach” of the Fourth Geneva Convention in its             intentional targeting of civilians... It also documented the Israeli military's use of chemical             weapons like white phosphorus on civilian areas, including hospitals.

            Clinton emails reveal that the United Nations Human Rights Council, under heavy pressure,             postponed consideration of the Goldstone Report from October 2 until March 2010... An                     email from Harold Koh, Legal adviser to the Department of State demonstrates that the U.S.               State Department self-consciously and successfully obstructed endorsement of the Goldstone               Report by the UNHRC.[ii]

 She looks at Israel with total tunnel vision. She sees nothing in the summer of 2014 as Israel again attacks Gaza with 6000 airstrikes in 51 days, killing 2400 people including over 500 children. Her Israeli heroes flatten homes, destroy power and sewage plants and bombs U.N. shelters and all she has to say is that the people of Gaza brought it on themselves. No other nation on the globe gets such a pass.  A Palestinian kid throws a rock and spends years in prison while Israeli settlers who firebomb homes and kill innocent people continue to roam around free. Israel builds walls, checkpoints, settlements and Jewish only roads and all she can say is that Israel wants peace.  Of course, the fact that her political campaign is bankrolled by a Zionist billionaire has no influence on her political decisions. The fact that Israel's occupation of West Bank, Golan Heights and Jerusalem has been declared illegal under international law for years, well, she chooses to ignore that, too.

Hillary Clinton, in younger years fought for civil rights, against the war in Vietnam and specialized in children's rights. Then she decided to run for the senate in the heavily Jewish populated State of New York. Suddenly, it no longer mattered to her that the Israel she supported committed state terrorism, persecuted an entire people, stole its land and water, killed its people, the victims became the “terrorist.” 

As someone said, “Israel gets to use violence. Palestinians don't.”  That's her rule. Israel simply defends itself.”

If Israel is looking for a president who wears blinders and is comfortable with half-truths, then they could not find a better candidate than Hillary Clinton. Of course, no one expects her to be elected president of Israel. In fact, she may well wind up being president of the United States.  I just want us to be aware of her sell out to militant Zionism, its racism and all the pain she excuses on their behalf.

Thomas Are
December 31, 2015

[i]Gideon Levy, Hillary Clinton Is No Friend of Israel. Mondoweiss, August 11, 2015
[ii]Jared Flanery, Deferring Justice: Clinton emails show how State Dept. undermined U.N. Action on Israeli War Crimes. November 19, 2015.