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Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy


Urged President to veto UN condemnation of Israel

LAZIO: When the US failed to use its veto, in the UN Security Council [which condemned Israelís response to Palestinian protests] - that was one of the great mistakes of the last few years, and I spoke out immediately. Iím sure that Mrs. Clinton had a chance to speak with the president about this, to urge him not to use that veto. I would love to know what the context of the discussion was.

Q: Did you urge him to use it?

CLINTON: That was what I urged my husband to do. He made a different decision

Source: (X-ref Lazio) NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Cut off US aid if Palestine declares a state unilaterally

Q: In recent weeks, scores of people have been killed in the Middle East. In view of whatís happened, do you think there should be a Palestinian state now?

CLINTON: Only as part of a comprehensive peace agreement. Thatís always been my position, that [it should] guarantee Israelís safety and security and the parties should agree at the negotiating table. A unilateral declaration is absolutely unacceptable and it would mean the end of any US aid.

LAZIO: Thatís a change of heart for Mrs. Clinton, because back in 1998 you called for a Palestinian state. You undercut the Israeli negotiating position. The people of New York want to have somebody who has a consistent record. For eight years I have been consistent and strong in my support for the security of the state of Israel. Without equivocation. Without a question mark next to my name.

CLINTON: There is no question mark next to me. Thereís an exclamation point. I am an emphatic, unwavering supporter of Israelís safety and security.

Source: NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Returned money from organization associated with terrorists

LAZIO [to Clinton]: When you accept contributions from people that support Hamas, when theyíre your guests at the White House, when you cavort with terrorists, you send a message to the Palestinian Authority that encourages violence to be used as a tool to achieve political ends.

Q: Wait a minute. Didnít your presidential candidate, George W. Bush, also accept contributions?

LAZIO: Itís absolutely wrong for all. The difference, though, on top of receiving the contributions, is that people who support the Hamas terrorist group, have been invited and courted at the White House, which I think is wrong.

CLINTON: I learned that an organization claimed credit for sponsoring a fund-raiser I attended; an organization whose members have made statements that I find offensive and have condemned. And as soon as I found out the facts, I returned all of the money that was raised because I did not want anyone to have a false impression about my strong support for Israelís safety and security.

Source: (X-ref Lazio) NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Focuses on increasing relationship between US and Israel

LAZIO [to Hillary]: Itís very hard to accept a claim of consistency [on Israel] when you called for a Palestinian state with full military powers. Itís difficult to accept that you are a consistent supporter when you stand on the sidelines while Suha Arafat issues a blood libel suggesting that Israelis have been orchestrating an attack on Palestinian women and children with poison. Itís hard for us to imagine youíve been a consistent supporter when you refused to support the law which says that we should move our embassy to Jerusalem, not next year, but right now. For eight years Iíve wanted the embassy to be placed in Jerusalem. CLINTON: My positions for more than 20 years have been to do everything I could to support Israel and to increase the relationships between the US and Israel. Iíve worked on everything from the National Council of Jewish Womenís program to bring a preschool instruction program for children of the US, to speaking out, time and time again, about violence and terrorism.
Source: (X-ref Lazio) NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Engage in world affairs, including human rights

Hillary Clinton called for the US to reject isolationism and aggressively engage itself in world affairs in the tradition of President Truman at the end of WWII. Staking out a more internationalist position than many of her fellow Democrats, Clinton called for expanding the definition of American interests beyond the loss of American lives and the protection of American dollars to include such things as womenís and human rights, environmental protection and the spread of deadly diseases.
Source: Dean Murphy, NY Times Oct 20, 2000

Human rights are central to our objectives abroad

ďAt this decisive moment in our history, I believe America needs a renewed internationalism, not an old isolation,Ē Clinton said. ďIt very much is in our interest to assert the leadership required to meet our strategic and national security needs and interests around the world.Ē Saying that the US should do more than just intervene in ďsplendid little warsĒ in which it can prevail, Clinton claimed she reflected the views of NYís current senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

And while aligning herself with her husband on many issues, she called for a broader foreign policy mandate that, for instance, considers disease fighting a national security issue and deems the rights of women a priority. ďI think it has become increasingly clear that our efforts to ensure democracy and human rights cannot be considered marginal but are indeed central to our foreign policy objectives this century,Ē Mrs. Clinton said.

Source: Dean Murphy, NY Times Oct 20, 2000

Keep Cuban embargo; pay UN bills

Hillary Clinton said she would oppose lifting the embargo against Cuba until democracy took root there. She said she would support paying Americaís unpaid bills to the United Nations. She once again voiced her support for Israel and, while praising the tentative cease-fire agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians reached Monday, she made it clear the burden was on Yasir Arafat to end the violence.
Source: Dean Murphy, NY Times Oct 20, 2000

US should have vetoed biased anti-Israel UN resolution

Q: Did the U.S. do right to abstain from the UNís anti-Israel resolution?

CLINTON: We should have vetoed it. It was one-sided. It did not address the violence that I believe is fomented by Arafat. It did not address what Israel has tried to do, such as pulling out of Lebanon. Weíre seeing the capture of Israeli soldiers, the desecration of Josephís tomb. Itís imperative that Arafat end the violence and get back to negotiating. The US remains the guarantor of Israelís security, and in the Senate, I would certainly be a strong voice for doing whatever was required. Iíve also called for conditioning aid to the Palestinians on their willingness to end violence, on their willingness to rid their textbooks of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli statements.

LAZIO: I did issue a statement immediately expressing my strong disappointment with America not using its veto power. I do not support call for a Palestinian state. My record is one of 100% consistency for the security of the state of Israel.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan Oct 8, 2000

Pollard committed a crime, but use of secret evidence unfair

Q: Jonathan Pollard, the American naval officer who betrayed the country, was sentenced to life for espionage and treason. The secretary of defense, the secretary of state, the director of the FBI and the head of the CIA have all said do not pardon him. Do you support clemency for Mr. Pollard?

CLINTON: What Pollard did was a terrible crime against the US. It was a great breach of trust and national security and he plead guilty, was convicted and is serving a very long prison term. The question for me is around the due process issues concerning the way that he was sentenced. It is something that I have questions about and I believe that fair-minded people should ask similar questions. There was secret evidence put in before the court that has never been revealed.

LAZIO: The only person who is in a position to make that decision and the only person whoís got the authority to actually issue a pardon is the president himself.

Source: Clinton-Lazio debate, Buffalo NY Sep 13, 2000

Support Israel in finding a safe and secure peace

Hillary Clinton supports a move [of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem]. She spoke more generally yesterday about what she called her longstanding respect for the country and its people. ďThe United States has been and will be always there for Israel,Ē she said. ďAnd we will always support the Israeli government and Israeli people as they struggle to find a safe and secure peace.Ē

She stayed away from more controversial topics, such as whether there should be an independent Palestinian state. Mrs. Clinton angered many Jewish voters last year with when she voiced support for such a state. But the animosity felt by some in the crowd toward Mrs. Clinton was evident on nearly every block, with some holding signs recalling her embrace last year of Yasir Arafatís wife, Suha.

Source: Associated Press in NY Times May 26, 2000

Extend peace treaties to Palestinians, Syrians & Lebanese

The message of Oslo [was]: How we can fulfill Rabinís legacy by bidding farewell to generations of war and ushering in a new century of real and lasting peace? The same must be true on all of Israelís borders so that the peace that now covers some will be a peace that extends to all-Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese.
Source: Remarks at Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center Nov 11, 1999

Smartest strategic choice is peace

By working for peace, we are not being načve or soft-headed. We recognize that peace in the Middle East is not only a moral imperative, but the smartest strategic choice to ensure security for the children of Israel. That doesnít mean that Israel can ever let down her defenses. It doesnít mean that her friends, especially the US, will ever be relieved of our responsibility to help Israel maintain her military strength.The work of peace and the work of democracy are neverending.
Source: Remarks at Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center Nov 11, 1999

Puerto Rico: Stop using live ammo at Vieques

There should be an immediate and permanent end to the bombing. The use of live fire on the island (Puerto Rico) has put the people of Vieques at risk, degraded the environment, and hampered economic development.
Source: Press Release Oct 19, 1999

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