Hillary Clinton assured American Jews that she would reaffirm the United States’ “unbreakable bonds” with Israel and promptly invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington should she win the White House. President Barack Obama has had a rocky, at times testy relationship with the Israeli leader, while Republican critics accuse Obama of not doing enough to support the Jewish state and of making too may concessions to Iran in a recently concluded nuclear accord.
Clinton, eager to avoid being tarred by Republicans as an unreliable ally of Israel, made her remarks in an opinion column Wednesday in the American Jewish publication The Forward, ahead of Netanyahu’s Monday visit to Washington. The Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race wrote that the US-Israel relationship “transcends politics,” and that the alliance “is and should always be a commitment that unites us, not a wedge that divides us.”
“I will do everything I can to enhance our strategic partnership and strengthen America’s security commitment to Israel, ensuring that it always has the qualitative military edge to defend itself,” Clinton said. “I would also invite the Israeli prime minister to the White House in my first month in office.”
She said she believed Washington had a duty to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table, and “as president I will never stop working to advance the goal of two states for two peoples living in peace, security and dignity.”