Hear that noise? It's liberals walking around confused, trying to figure out how to attack Trump's AIPAC speech that sounds like Hillary's.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 21, 2016
Just hours after Hillary Clinton gave her speech at the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C., many critics have come to the forefront to express their huge displeasure with her outrageous “symphony of pandering,” saying that it was “everything that is bad” with U.S. imperialism and policy in the Middle East.
Max Fisher of Vox even went so far as to claim that her speech “sounded as or more in tune with Israeli right-wing concerns than even many speeches by conservative Republican candidates.”
Pledging to “take our allegiance to the next level” and promising that, as president, she would invite the Israeli prime minister to the White House did little to appease anyone. Taking her husband’s past approach and assuming that friendship will always garner more results than shows of strength, her rhetoric was a pretty clear attempt to acquire votes from pro-Israel groups (who tend to vote for Republicans but seem uneasy about Donald Trump) and widen the gap between AIPAC and the GOP.
That became even more apparent when she took a pretty clear stab at Trump, ironically saying he flip-flops on his stance with Israel: “We need steady hands, not a president who says he’s neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday, and who knows what on Wednesday, because everything is negotiable."
As Lauren McCauley of Common Dreams points out, she also doubled down on her “pledge to dismantle the growing international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement,” when she began “linking the campaign against Palestinian apartheid to anti-Semitism,” adding that "we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate and undermine Israel and the Jewish people."
Naomi Dann, media correspondent for Jewish Voice for Peace, called out Hillary’s tactic of calling upon young people to resist efforts to boycott Israel, then tweeting, “Everything that is bad about Israeli policy AND US imperialism is being praised by #HillaryClinton right now at #AIPAC2016.”
The unquestioning support that Clinton, as well as other politicians, so proudly tout for Israel is not only unchecked, but not even the biggest problem.
The incredibly ignorant and Islamophobic tropes it takes to continue with that line of thinking prove Clinton is not the progressive she likes to pretend to be, especially when she shoves Trump farther right with rhetoric that she adopted from her husband.
By shamelessly trying to win over some of the Anti-Trump conservatives out there—a miniscule amount of people at best—she’s alienated much of the left that has rallied around Obama’s approach to Israel.
If that’s not a bad omen for her potential presidency, nothing is.
Check out the full speech below:
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