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Everyone Expecting Hillary Home Run in 2016

Clinton's approval ratings have always been high amongst American Jews - this was true even after the infamous "Suha Smooch."
Hillary kissing Suha Arafat.

Hillary kissing Suha Arafat.

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It is no surprise that folks are already inking in Hillary Clinton’s name as the top pick for the Democratic party’s nominee for president in 2016.  But it is, perhaps, surprising that even top Republicans are anticipating not just a run, but are predicting that Clinton will be unbeatable.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, December 9.  He and others on the program predicted it would be “virtually impossible” for any Democrat to beat Clinton in the race to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

Gingrich told viewers there might be another familiar name on the ballot in 2016 – he was speaking about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  If that happens, everyone will be able to re-use their political buttons from old campaigns – President George H.W. Bush ran against Bill Clinton in 1992.  That time around Clinton was considered by almost all pro-Israel supporters as the candidate more favorable for Israel.

Clinton’s approval ratings have always been high amongst American Jews – this was true even after the infamous “Suha Smooch.”

Back in November, 1999, Hillary Clinton was seated on the stage next to the wife of the Palestinian Liberation Organization president Yasir Arafat, when Suha Arafat gave a speech.  In that speech Mrs. Arafat claimed that Israelis used toxic chemicals daily to poison ‘Palestinian’ women and children.  Although Mrs. Clinton had a simultaneous translation as the speech was given, when Arafat finished speaking, Mrs. Clinton stood up, then kissed and embraced Arafat.

That embrace became the star of the first-ever airing of a television ad paid for by the Republican Jewish Coalition.  Clinton’s misstep initially cost her with the Jewish community, but she recovered and went on to become a two-term U.S. Senator from New York.

In fact, according to political analysts, Clinton received the bulk of the Jewish vote and donations in the Democratic presidential primary in 2008.

And just as the vast majority of American Jews forgave Clinton for the Suha Smooch, it should surprise few that the vast majority of American Jews paid little mind to words she uttered last week at the Saban Forum hosted by the Brookings Institution, held in Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State Clinton was the keynote speaker at the Saban Forum on November 30.  In her speech, Clinton extolled the virtues of the U.S. administration’s relationship with Israel and reiterated the campaign talking points describing this administration as Israel’s best friend.

During the unscripted question and answer session, Clinton charged the Israelis – the Jewish people – with not understanding or feeling the pain of an oppressed people.  She responded to a query raised by Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan regarding the suspicious nature of Israelis:

So, look, I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion. So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds, and they want to figure out, within the bounds of security and a Jewish democratic state, what can be accomplished.

Clinton also subtly criticized Israel’s retention of tax funds collected by Israel and earmarked for the  Palestinian Authority. The money was withheld as a small step towards covering the gross delinquency in payment by the PA to Israel for its electricity consumption.

Clinton described Israel’s decision to withhold those funds as an indication of Israel’s lack of generosity, “I think that the more generous Israel can be on everything from expediting the tax revenues that Israel collects and then remits to the ‘Palestinians,’” the closer it will bring peace to the region.  Clinton described the PA  as not only moderate and secular, but as also successful and having “accomplished quite a bit” with “very little money,” and “no natural resources.”  The billions of dollars in international aid received by the PA over the years apparently did not factor into her evaluation.

Few doubt that Clinton will seek her party’s nomination in 2016.  And fewer still should doubt that American Jews will ignore the Saban Smackdown, just as they ignored the Suha Smooch.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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29 Responses to “Everyone Expecting Hillary Home Run in 2016”

  1. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Obama Bowed Down to Saudi King Abdullah and Clinton kissed the face that was on Arafat. I’m waiting for Clinton to come out of her closet.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    I voted for Clinton in the 2008 primary and make no apologies for it. As a Senator her positions were 100% in support of Israel. Her ideas on healthcare reform were better than those of Obama, who after his election would flipflop and adopt Clinton's positions. And she had far more foreign policy experience than Obama, who to is credit appointed her as Secretary of State. I could certainly vote for her for President in 2016 if she runs — and no less a figure than Newt Gingrich has said that the Republicans can't beat her.

    http://thehill.com/video/campaign/271845-gingrich-current-gop-incapable-of-beating-hillary-clinton-in-2016

    Even the Jewish Press will endorse her if the Republicans nominate Rand Paul. But since it is highly unlikely the Republicans can avoid nominating some kind of extremist, she is certainly favored for 2016 IF she wants to be President.

  3. How should I put this gently? "She's got no balls"? I don't mean that in the literal way. :)

  4. I agree except with your opinion about Israel. She is supportive of American jewish community,but not what I would call supportive of Israel especially not 100% or close. Can than Bill for the Oslo accords and bringing back Arafat to Israel!Yes she had a much better health care system.Yet isn't this a bit early to be running a election campaign? If you think demanding Israel not build in Jerusalem or in the large settlement/cities is 100% supportive of Israel,or giving 20 fighter Jets to Egypt,and approving 1.4 bil in aid is,then I don't understand how you can say your 100% supportive of Israel.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    "I agree except with your opinion about Israel."

    Please cite a single incident during her eight year tenure in the US Senate for which she was not supportive of Israel.

    " isn't this a bit early to be running a election campaign? "

    Believe it or not, the answer is "no". Several Republicans are also positioning themselves.

  6. Yossie Bloch says:

    Won't she be older in 2016 than McCain was in 2008? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    She will turn 69 shortly before the election. McCain was 72. Ronald Reagan turned 70 shortly after taking office, so she would not be the oldest President.

  8. Anonymous says:

    for her to go to Israel and be so negative with respect to Jonathan Pollard showed what a miserable women she is. S he is a shrill vindictive lady but the insane liberal american jews will select her as their next messiah.

  9. Levi Lester says:

    She is a good diplomat, that's all I'll say in response to this comment. She supports both Israel and Palestine. Look at her response to the new buildings planned in response to non-member state status in U.N. I honestly can't fathom why American Jews support Israel blindly. Just because you are a Jew doesn't mean you have to support Israel. No one thinks Palestine is innocent, but recently, it seems like they are a lot less innocent. People are starting to doubt whether Israel truly wants a 2 state solution, or are just saying that to garner international support.

    I know in America they lose support every single day. If they continue this path of persecution and oppression they will lose the support of the United States as a whole. They are close to it already.

  10. Levi Lester says:

    And if even one person mentions the holocaust I will lose my cool. Leave the past out of this for just one discussion please.

  11. Charlotte Philpott says:

    I won't vote for her. Not after Benghzzi and her covering for the presidens't's mistakes. Not me.

  12. Charlie Hall says:

    Levi Lester "I honestly can't fathom why American Jews support Israel blindly."

    While it is certainly possible to question many policies of the Israeli government; American Jews have no business second guessing the Israeli government on security matters. We are safe in the diaspora; they are the targets of rockets and other terrorism on a daily basis. That isn't blindness, that is common sense — the decisions on life or death matters need to be made by those most affected.

    I would extend that in general to Israeli politics. As long as I am living in America I should not get involved in them. (Neither should Israelis get involved in American politics.) And it isn't just my position — it was the position of the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik z'tz'l, for decades the leader of Religious Zionism.

  13. Heather Dow says:

    G-d help America if she gets in or another Republican gets in.
    Guns to Egypt, muslim brotherhood buddies of Obamas same party line, and 1967 lines which Hilary is for – won't work. Cannot give in to the Pals with dividing Jerusalem. USA is not blessing Israel so it cannot be blessed. yeah tokens here and there are nice 'carrots' but listen to Hamas as they want to take over Israel completely so cant be kissing the enemy, be it Clinton or Obama. it is your choice, for sure. Those choices not only affect America but the world.

  14. Gil Gilman says:

    Clinton is intentionally short-sighted, and by that I mean not able to see past her particularistic interpretation of events and their meaning. She will have to do a beauty makeover, if she wishes to be President of the United States, and I don't mean a skin deep makeover. She has come across as shrill and disingenuous too frequently, and her interpretation of the withholding of taxes earmarked for the palestinians by Israel is devoid of anything resembling a thorough analysis. I do agree with Charlie Hall, that her voting record, as well as speeches during her tenure as Senator, showed strong support for Israel. Thus, it is possible to see her about face while Secretary of State as the result of administration requirements, but I am personally unsatisfied that proof for that interpretation exists. Now that Obama is on his way out, if she were truly staunch in support of Israel, she could now let her opinion be heard. She certainly isn't doing Israel any good, with her recent unscripted pronouncements.

  15. Gari M Cole says:

    Yes it looks like the right time frame for Hillary as President and ex-President Bill Clinton as head appointee to the World Judicail Supreme Court of the United Nations. How's that ticket? If I were a gambler, my money would say this is inevitable. Your hearts Desire and Oneg in 2016. shalom g.

  16. Gari M Cole says:

    What do you think? g.

  17. Rc Fowler says:

    As usual Mr. Hall–you opinion is incorrect! I'll chose just one point to contest–Hillary Clinton's positions as a senator–were not 100% pro Israel–Hillary Clinton is an anti-Semite and she is pro Arab Muslim!

    Why are you even here Mr. Hall? you do not love God and you are not a genuine supporter of Israel!

  18. Rc Fowler says:

    Charlie Hall Citing the many times H.C. was not 100% pro Israel–would not convince you Mr. Hall–it is evident you have a profound lack of understanding and you do not want to know the truth.

  19. Rc Fowler says:

    Yossie Bloch She's an old anti-Semite whore now–she will be worse then.

  20. Rc Fowler says:

    Of course you voted for an anti-Semite Mr. Hall–of course you make no apologies for that–its evident what kind of man you are!

  21. Charlie Hall says:

    I know I've won my argument when the other side can't bring any evidence and resorts to namecalling and *ad hominem* attacks.

  22. her honesty about individual mandates, and Obama's pandering, was the number one reason I voted for her http://www.r8ny.com/blog/gatemouth/ishtar.html

  23. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Charlie, Gingrich only said that Clinton will beat all the rest of the Ds, he didn't say anything about the general election in 2016.

  24. Johnny Mortel says:

    Hilary gives me the Creeps!

  25. Hilary gives me the Creeps!

  26. Neil Stoloff says:

    Right you are, Charlie — as usual. Not a one-issue voter, I was an early Obama supporter, mainly because HC — through no fault of her own –was a divisive influence in 2008. Early polls showed that she would lose to ANY Republican candidate. Obama, in contrast, promised to unite. That hasn't happened, but as with HC's "flaw," it was through no fault of his own. At least he's on record that he is and will be the President of 100 percent of the People. And yes, I'll proudly vote for HC in 2016. It helps that she seems to have lost that polarizing effect.

  27. Charlotte Philpott says:

    She won't get my vote this time.

  28. Hinda Blas says:

    I would never vote for Hitlerly. That bane of our society. She is not a friend of Israel's nor of the Jews unless it is for her best interest. Thanks to her and her spouse Israel has been under constant homicide attack by it's enemies that the Clintonistas do support. Genutch ist Genutch. She's as kosher as Ham on Rye.

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