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Will Clinton Enter White House With Israel in Tow?

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party's 2016 presumptive nominee for President. You knew that already.

What you may not yet know is that she is so confident in her nomination and subsequent victory over whichever Republican candidate arises from the shambles of the GOP nomination process, that she looks the other way from Israel's 67-year-old illegal and immoral, oppressive and unrelenting occupation, of Palestine.

The latest example of Clinton looking away from the occupation and embracing Israel, was starkly presented in a speech she delivered to the pro-Israel Saban Forum in Washington.

Philip Weiss was there and described his outrage:

"Yesterday (December 6) Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Washington at the Saban Forum of Brookings 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.'"

Our presumptive next president wants the US-Israel relationship to go to the "next level"?

In spite of Prime Minister Netanyahu's absolute refusal to entertain serious "peace talks." In spite of Israel's increased police and army attacks on a captive population. In spite of increased road blocks, home demolitions, terrorizing and imprisoning children, Hillary Clinton wants to snuggle even closer with Israel.

Has she not seen? Has she not heard?

Weiss continued his outrage:

"Introduced by her good friend the Israeli-American megadonor, Haim Saban, Clinton bragged that she and Israel were born a few months apart, gave a shoutout to Israel's former lawyer in the White House, Dennis Ross, and assured Ari Shavit the rightwing Israeli columnist that the military option was still on the table with Iran.

"In fact, she repeatedly slammed Iran as a bad actor and did all she could to distance herself from the Iran deal and from secretary of state John Kerry, who gave a more realistic speech the day before.

"She never mentioned the occupation, vaguely touched on settlements as a problem, and praised the late Clintonite Sandy Berger as a 'steadfast friend to Israel.'

"Just as the Republican candidates had attacked Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) at the Republican Jewish Coalition last week,Clinton said that BDS was hurting the U.S.'s ability to fight terrorism. This is language straight out of Benjamin Netanyahu's office. (BF emphasis added)."

Of course, she is not alone in looking the other way in her Jericho Road stance. She is joined by PEPs (Progressive Except for Palestine), those among us who are progressive on traditional liberal issues except when confronted with the Palestinian Occupation.

After a speech like that, it is past time to look at the Good Samaritan parable Jesus told.

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