In a letter she sent to Israeli-American businessman Haim Saban last week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed strong opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.
“I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority,” Clinton wrote to Saban.
Clinton said, “BDS seeks to punish Israel and dictate how the Israelis and Palestinians should resolve the core issues of their conflict. That is not the path to peace.”
The former U.S. secretary of state went on to say: “I am also very concerned by attempts to compare Israel to South African apartheid. Israel is a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy, and it faces existential threats to its survival. Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world — especially in Europe — we need to repudiate forceful efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.”
Clinton asked Saban for his “thoughts and recommendations on how leaders and communities across America can work together to counter BDS. From Congress to state legislatures to boardrooms and classrooms, we need to engage all people of good faith, regardless of their political persuasion or their views on policy specifics, in explaining why the BDS campaign is counterproductive to the pursuit of peace and harmful to Israelis and Palestinians alike.”
In response to the letter, Saban, a supporter of Clinton’s presidential bid, said, “As I have been saying all along, when she becomes president, Hillary will reinforce the U.S.-Israel relationship. These two allies share the same values and interests. In this letter, Hillary proves her unwavering commitment to Israel and the Jewish community.”
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