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Hillary Clinton expresses alarm for Israeli Jews, and not one word about Palestinian victims

Hillary Clinton at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in 2005. (Photo: Rina Castelnuovo)

The first presidential debate for the Democratic party is taking place in Las Vegas tonight. Hillary Clinton will be center stage. And Hillary Clinton is alarmed by attacks against Israelis:

There is not a word in that statement about Palestinians, dozens of whom have been killed in recent days. There is not even a signal in this statement that Palestinians living under occupation for nearly 50 years might have a right to resist. The entire statement is from the standpoint of Israeli Jews. Notice the empathy, the comment about praying and looking over your shoulder.

If you want to understand why American politics is busted, and how far we have to go in changing the discourse, you need only read that statement. And yes: this statement is pitched to an American audience, of donors. In a word, Haim Saban. (It also explains why neoconservatism isn’t going away anytime soon; because neoconservatism is a hardline Zionist response to Middle East politics, and there are hardline Zionists inside the Democratic Party.)