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Hillary Clinton should-to-shoulder with Netanyahu

As the US Presidential campaign becomes more weird by the day, it is troubling to see the positions taken by the various candidates on different subjects.  As Glenn Greenwald points out in this piece "Hillary Clinton, With Little Notice, Vows to Embrace an Extremist Agenda on Israel" on The Intercept, Hillary Clinton's position on Israel is troubling.  Cosying up to the likes of right-winger Israeli PM Netanyahu?

"Former President Bill Clinton on Monday met in secret (no press allowed) with roughly 100 leaders of South Florida’s Jewish community, and, as the Times of Israel reports, “He vowed that, if elected, Hillary Clinton would make it one of her top priorities to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance.” He also “stressed the close bond that he and his wife have with the State of Israel.”

It may be tempting to dismiss this as standard, vapid Clintonian politicking: adeptly telling everyone what they want to hear and making them believe it. After all, is it even physically possible to “strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance” beyond what it already entails: billions of dollars in American taxpayer money transferred every year, sophisticated weapons fed to Israel as it bombs its defenseless neighbors, blindly loyal diplomatic support and protection for everything it does?

But Bill Clinton’s vow of even greater support for Israel is completely consistent with what Hillary Clinton herself has been telling American Jewish audiences for months. In November, she published an op-ed in The Forward in which she vowed to strengthen relations not only with Israel, but also with its extremist prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu."

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