Middle East studies in the News
Hillary Clinton Hails "Unshakable Bond" With Israel [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Michael van der Galien
This administration, Clinton included, has turned against Israel from day one. Instead, they have embraced Palestinian terrorists who dream of a second holocaust and who teach their children that blowing oneself up in the middle of a crowded market place is an act of holiness. As a result, I can't help but feel that Clinton's words sound rather empty.
It seems to me that the current policy towards Israel is, indeed, not dictated by Hillary Clinton – who, after all, is a hawk – but by the big man, Barack Obama, himself. Unlike his secretary of state, the president has no record of supporting Israel.
To the contrary, he is a friend of Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi, a man who calls Israel's creation in 1948 a "catastrophe." Obama said about him that his insights were "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases … It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."
Additionally, journalist John Batchelor says that "AAAN vice-president Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada [a website that, like AAAN, refers to Israel's creation as a "catastrophe"] has remembered Mr. Obama's speaking in 1999 against 'Israeli occupation' at a charity event for a West Bank refugee camp; and Mr. Abunimah … has also recalled Mr. and Mrs. Obama at a fundraiser held for the then-Congressional candidate Obama in 2000 at Rashid and Mona Khalidi's home, where Mr. Obama made convincing statements in support of the Palestinian cause."*
This problem is starting to worry me more and more. I knew, of course, that Obama was pro-Palestinians when he took office, but I did not quite expect people like Hillary Clinton to aid and abet his anti-Israel policies to such a degree.
The bond between Israel and the U.S. certainly seemed "unshakable," as Clinton puts it, before Obama became president, but not so ever since. Sadly, the opposite is true: it's becoming increasingly clear that the relationship between both is deteriorating fast.
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