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Shalom, chavera
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Goodbye, Hillary

For Israelis, Hillary Clinton’s defeat is a great loss, as she’s a true friend of Israel

Regardless of the official announcement she will be making, Hillary Clinton is finishing up her race to the White House exhausted and broke. The first attempt by a woman to reach the most senior post in the world did not succeed apparently.


The Americans, or so say the commentators, are still not “mature enough” for such sharp change. Oh well, perhaps next time around it will happen?


For us, as Israelis, Hillary’s defeat is a true loss. Hillary Clinton, and certainly her husband, has a record filled with numerous examples of support for the State of Israel. Did I say support? It was true love.


Had Hillary Clinton made it to the Oval Office in the White House, any Israeli prime minister, be it Tzipi Livni, Shaul Mofaz, Meir Sheetrit, Ehud Barak, or Benjamin Netanyahu, would be able to sleep well at night.


Hillary proved she’s a fighter 

It is certainly possible that Republican candidate John McCain or Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama will be wonderful to Israel. Yet this is an opportunity to mention an ancient story about a former American president, Richard Nixon.


As a presidential candidate, Nixon pledged to transfer the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

As president, when then-Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin reminded him of this pledge, Nixon provided the following reply: Things look different from the Oval Office in the White House.


However, Hillary Clinton proved one thing in the last campaign: She is a fighter, she is devoted to the mission, and she goes for the jackpot (almost) to the end.


Hillary deserves the appreciation of her rivals, and she also deserves a well-wish from us: Shalom, chavera; goodbye, friend.


פרסום ראשון: 06.04.08, 10:02
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