Hikind, Jewish Leaders Blast Hillary Over Israel Criticism


hikind1In a swift about face from her views as New York’s senator, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now hammering Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in Gaza. As first lady, Clinton raised eyebrows when she kissed Suha Arafat. Since she was then seeking a Senate seat the resulting brouhaha caused her to “re-think” her positions. “I’m a very strong supporter of Israel,” Clinton said on Feb. 17. Today, as secretary of state she had yet another about face in the form of angry messages demanding Israel speed up aid to Gaza. Jewish leaders are furious. “I am very surprised, frankly, at this statement from the United States government and from the secretary of state,” New York Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman said.

“I liked her a lot more as a senator from New York,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, said. “Now, I wonder as I used to wonder who the real Hillary Clinton is.”

Clinton’s decision to hammer Israel comes as the Clintons and President Barack Obama are planning to give the Palestinians $900 million toward the rebuilding of Gaza in the wake of the Israeli offensive that was sparked by Hamas rocket fire.

“We are working across the government to see what our approach will be,” Clinton said.

“I don’t believe that we should be in a position at this point to do anything to strengthen Hamas,” Zuckerman said. “We surely know what Hamas stands for as I say they are the forward battalions of Iran.”

For some, Clinton’s change of position is upsetting.

“I feel it’s unfortunate that they don’t continue the policy of the Bush administration, which was much more pro-Israel,” said Akiva Homnick of Yerushalayim.

“I happen to have a lot of family who live in Israel and I feel, personally, when you are dealing with people who are very strong against you, you have to stand up to them,” said Tami Davudoff of Kew Gardens.

“Hillary had Mrs. Arafat here and she invited Mrs. Arafat for lunch when she was the first lady,” added Babak Chafe of Great Neck. “She is pro-Palestinian 100 percent, really. Of course, we always knew it.”

“The easy way to make a peace agreement is to pressure Israel because you can’t pressure the Arabs,” said Shlomo Loewi of Monsey, N.Y.

All this could lead to a chilly reception when Mrs. Clinton arrives in the Middle East next week.

The new U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, arrived in Israel today with a mission to inject new life into peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

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  1. Hillary’s true colors will shine once more. America will give 900 million to rebuild Gaza, what are they giving Sdorot to rebuild? What about Tzfas? Are they contributing to the therapy those Israeli children and families will need and can’t afford- those that dodged rockets for the past year? THIS IS OUR TAX MONEY, don’t we get a say as to where is should be going?

  2. Can we please hear from the “Askanim” who felt it was so necessary to have a fundraiser in Lakewood, NJ for Hillary in order to take money from “Frum” Yidden!!!!?

  3. Why cant anyone provide her statement?
    oh because there was none. biased spin media kramer has an axe to grind and the jewish “leaders” love to be on tv.
    there ios nothing here. hillary is as pro israel as ever. this is a non story over a quote that doesnt even exist.