As part of her 2016 U.S. presidential bid, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had an op-ed published in the Forward, highlighting her commitment to Israel and her relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton recounted her voting record on Israel while a senator and her commitment to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge while secretary of state.
In addition to the usual U.S. diplomatic talking points on Israel, Clinton vowed to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)movement, echoing a similar commitment she made to Haim Saban last quarter, when she promised her top individual donor that she would “fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel” (see Doc. D3 in JPS 45). A U.S.-Israeli billionaire, Saban has been a leader of the anti-BDS backlash in the U.S. and advances his policy agenda through the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, which he founded, at the Brookings Institution.
Clinton’s advisors and close associates have been warning of BDS’s growing importance ever since she was secretary of state (see Doc. D3 below) and an increasing number of anti-BDS measures have been making their way through Congress and state legislatures. Clinton has been vocal about her plans to make opposition to BDS a bipartisan issue if elected president in November’s election.
Her op-ed is featured below and is available at www.forward.com.