Voting for Hillary Clinton would mean voting for Israel, a political analyst has said, an Iranian news agency has reported. The analyst's claim came after the former U.S. secretary of state underscored her support for the Jewish state.
Clinton recently sent a letter to Jewish leaders, stressing the need to “fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.” She said she was intensely against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement against the country.
Iranian news agency Press TV quoted international lawyer Barry Grossman as saying that voting for Clinton would mean backing the U.S. “war machine” and the “Israeli hard right.”
“By making prior unqualified commitments on U.S. policy in return for large sums of money and media support, Hillary Clinton is now incapable of honoring the oath of office, which any president must take before stepping into the Oval Office,” Grossman said.
Clinton said Saturday that Iran would remain a problem even if President barack Obama managed to secure a nuclear agreement with the government in Tehran. Clinton called Iran the “world’s chief sponsor of terrorism.” According to Clinton, Iran uses “proxies like Hezbollah to sow discord and create insurgencies to destabilize governments.” She added that Iran posed an existential threat to Israel.
Grossman said Clinton’s letter to Democratic donor Haim Saban indicated she was willing to work closely with the Israeli government and anyone else who was against the isolation of the Jewish country. He said that Clinton might also want to work on the issue with Republicans such as John McCain, Rand Paul, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio.
Politico reported that Israel supporters and Jewish donors were closely watching Clinton’s moves. The former secretary of state has been circumspect about talking about the proposed Iran nuclear deal but had extended open support for Israel.
According to Clinton, the BDS movement against Israel has been designed to punish the country. The movement wants to dictate how Palestinians and Israelis should resolve issues related to their conflict, she said. Clinton stressed it was not the “path to peace.”
Clinton said that it was concerning that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians was being compared with South African apartheid. She said that, in a region dominated by autocracy, Israel stood as a “vibrant democracy.”