Jewish Journal

Why I support Hillary

by Rep. Brad Sherman

Posted on Jan. 31, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Last year, Senator Clinton voted to label the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

Barack Obama attacked her vote ferociously.

Hillary stood her ground.

As a strong Democrat, I was drawn to Senator Clinton's unparalleled and tenacious stands on domestic issues:

  • Separation of church and state (a 100% rating from Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

  • A woman's right to choose

  • Universal health care

  • Co-sponsor of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act

  • Courageous support for the LGBT community

  • A detailed and ambitious plan to end our dependence on imported oil and combat global climate change.
The security of the U.S. and Israel are critical to me. Before endorsing, I discussed foreign policy with both Senators Clinton and Obama, and then conducted multiple hours-long discussions with each of their top foreign policy advisors. I endorsed Hillary Clinton after proving to myself that she is the strongest friend of Israel running, and has the clearest view of the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program.

The following sentences are taken word for word from Senator Clinton's official position paper:

Hillary Clinton believes in Israel's right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital. She was a strong supporter of Israel's right to build a security barrier and spoke out against the International Court of Justice for questioning Israel's right to do so.

Hillary introduced legislation calling for the immediate release of the three Israeli soldiers being held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah and co-sponsored a resolution expressing support for Israel during last summer's war in Lebanon. As a co-sponsor of the Syria Accountability Act, Hillary believes that the United Sates must pressure Syria for hosting and supporting terrorist groups. Hillary Clinton believes that Iran's nuclear pursuit, coupled with its leadership's despicable anti-Semitic rhetoric, require that the United States do everything it can to deny nuclear weapons to Iran. "U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. And in dealing with this threat, as I have said for a very long time, no option can be taken off the table." [Speech on the floor of Senate 2/14/07]

Since she was elected to the Senate in 2000, Hillary has been a strong leader of legislative action aimed at mounting economic and political pressure on Iran through support of the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act and the Iran Sanctions Act. Hillary also believes in pursuing vigorous diplomacy with Iran. But Hillary has said that as President she would not commit to meet personally with leaders of rogue states, such as Iran. (In contrast, Barack Obama is strongly committed to unconditional, direct personal meetings with Ahmadinejad in his first year as President.)

As a co-sponsor of the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act in 2006, Hillary voted to prevent any U.S. foreign assistance to flow to a Palestinian government in which Hamas was a participant.

Hillary Clinton has consistently supported the annual foreign aid bill, which in 2007 contained for Israel $2.34 billion in military aid, $120 million for economic assistance, and $40 million for refugee absorption.

Outraged by the exclusion of Magen David Adom from the International Red Cross, she courageously sponsored legislation that limited U.S. contributions to the International Committee of the Red Cross until it recognized MDA. Finally in the summer of 2006, the ICRC righted this historic wrong and admitted MDA into the International Red Cross.

Hillary recently joined with Palestinian Media Watch to release a report that exposed the continuing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic biases in Palestinian schoolbooks.

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