Clinton pledges subservience to israel in preparation for her presidential bid

With eye on 2016, Clinton praises US ties with Israel

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stresses her unwavering support for Israel as she inches closer to a bid for 2016 presidential nomination.

“The relationship between the United States and Israel is solid, and will remain solid, and will be part of our foreign policy and our domestic concerns, our values, ideals, forever,” Clinton told a heavily pro-Israel crowd on Friday.

Clinton made the comments at the eleventh annual Saban Forum, an event hosted by the Brookings Institution with billionaire Israeli-American media mogul and Democratic mega-donor Haim Saban.

The former secretary of state dismissed reports of sometimes fractious relationship between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and said the administration’s cooperation with Israel has been extraordinary.

“The funding on Iron dome, the funding of other military needs and equipment, the continuing strategic consultation that we’ve been consistently engaged in, no one can argue with the commitment of this administration to Israel’s security,” Clinton said.

Clinton, who chastised Israel for “lack of empathy” towards the Palestinians at the Saban forum two years ago, stopped short of criticizing Israel for its illegal settlement construction in the West Bank.

However, she reiterated her support for “the two state solution” as an “essential concept” for achieving a resolution to the conflict.

The Obama administration and the Israeli government have clashed, sometimes publicly, over an array of issues, including diplomacy with Iran and continued Israeli settlement activities.

Declaring support for Israel, however, has always been a permanent feature in US Congress, which is under considerable influence of the powerful Israeli lobby.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which reflects “the sense of Congress that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States.” The bill had passed the Senate unanimously in September, also unanimously.

The measure promotes closer ties between the US and Israel in areas of military, security, energy, business, agriculture, water management, research and academics.

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