Former Senator Hillary Clinton has turned into a staunch defender of Israel in recent months, standing up for its military campaign in Gaza and praising Bibi Netanyahu for his leadership and moderation. Her husband Bill, however, appears to have a different view that he seems willing to share, at least when he thinks the microphone is off.
At a widely publicized political meeting held in Iowa on Sunday, Clinton was overheard clearly agreeing with an interlocutor from the audience who said that the Israeli Prime Minister is “not the man” who would make peace and just as clearly concurring with the statement “If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace.”
PRO-PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST: “If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace.”
CLINTON: First of all, I agree with that. But in 2000, Ehud Barak, I got him to agree to something I’m not sure I would have gotten Rabin to agree to, and Rabin was murdered for giving land to the Palestinians.
ACTIVIST: I agree. But Netanyahu is not the guy.
CLINTON: (pausing) I agree with that, but they [the Palestinians] would have gotten 96% of the West Bank, land swaps in Gaza, appropriate water rights and East Jerusalem, something that hasn’t even been discussed since I left office. And by the way, don’t forget, both Arafat and Abbas later said they would take it “we changed our minds, we’ll take it now” but by then the Israeli government wouldn’t give it to them.