Hillary Rodham Clinton at this point in time is the only show in town for the presidential nomination for the Democrat Party. She has now been appointed their quarterback for the coming election cycle coming up next year. There is no backup in case she falls in the ratings or another major "Clinton type" scandal pops up.
The question for us now that she is the acknowledged candidate is, "What can she do for us, the Jewish people and Israel?" We have to learn from our mistakes in the past. As a voting group we put our faith in Barack Obama, knowing full well his background of associating with Jew haters and his listening to those who demeaned Israel, its history and what it stands for. We ignored reality. But now the spotlight is on Hillary and just what kind of record does she have relating to the Jewish state? What actions of hers must we focus on to get some sort of inkling as to her actions in that area were she to assume the office of President?
Let's go back to 1982 when Hillary was chair of the Left leaning New World Foundation based in NYC. She urged the group to contribute $15,000 to Yasser Arafat's PLO group which they did. At that time the PLO was a the largest terror group on this planet and its sole goal was the destruction of Israel.
Suha Arafat addressed a Ramallah crowd in 1999, condemning Israel for poisoning the water of Palestinians with then First Lady Hillary Clinton sitting beside her on the dais. At the conclusion of the talk, Hillary, smilingly embraced and kissed the terrorist's wife. It took 24 hours for Hillary to declare she was not given the proper interpretation of the Arabic words and therefore knew nothing of the talk's contents. It was later reported that she had received the perfect English translations.
When campaigning for the New York State Senate seat she didn't miss a a beat in transforming herself into a rabid Israel supporter. Hadassah even awarded her the prestigious Henrietta Szold award in 1999 just before her well advertised announcement to run. Of course, her actions and those of the liberal Jewish crowd were geared toward her winning the Senate seat which she did....with Jewish votes.
Once, however, no longer in need of Jewish support as Secretary of State, she reverted to the Hillary of old. She became a fierce supporter of a flawed plan for a 'Two state solution." She berated Israel's Prime Minister in the now famous 45 minute phone call in which she read a scripted 43 minute diatribe to Bibi claiming he and Israel had humiliated the United States by its treatment of visiting VP Joe Biden.
Her insistence of the cessation of building in what she considers Occupied Territory will become a major issue. In her recently released book, "Hard Choices," she claims that Palestinians are living under Israeli occupation and are denied dignity and human rights that we Americans take for granted. Disturbing, to say the least of a person who might very well be our next president.
We Jews have a problem in being "willingly ignorant" when it comes to politics. We usually stick to supporting one party, regardless of what its stance regarding Jewish issues. We have paid dearly for this naivety. We must look clearly and closely at issues and candidates before we throw our support, funding and votes away....as we have sadly done in the past. Let's wake up to the real world.