Who knew that Hillary Clinton was the great kosherizer?
During a Dec. 8 visit by a delegation from the New York State Assembly to Israel—one of the few places on earth that wasn’t pulling for Barack Obama to win the presidential election—Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was asked what he thought of her nomination as secretary of state.
“He said that Hillary Clinton is a friend and a strong supporter of Israel,” said Michael Miller, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, who attended the 45-minute meeting. “Her support of Israel is as solid as there is on Capitol Hill.”
It’s hard to find a self-identified Jewish leader who’d dispute that notion at this point, which is saying something.
Mrs. Clinton’s first Senate race, New Yorkers may remember, was dominated for a long stretch by energetically delivered media stories about her feelings toward Israel, her (literal) embrace of Yasser Arafat’s wife at a public event and even a dubiously sourced allegation that she once, in a fit of rage, called someone a Jew bastard.
Yet for pro-Israel voters and officials, her actions over eight years since then as the junior senator from New York have transformed her into a talisman, providing reassurance that Israel’s interests will be provided for in an administration led by a president who received strong support from American Jews, yet whose calls for direct engagement with Iran still causes some concern in the Israel lobby.
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