(JNS.org) Former U.S. senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, a presumed candidate in the 2016 presidential race, told a prominent Jewish leader that “we need to all work together to return the special U.S.-Israel relationship to constructive footing.”
Clinton said in a phone conversation with Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, that the U.S. and Israel should “get back to basic shared concerns and interests, including a two-state solution pursued through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”
“We must ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue,” Clinton said, according to the Conference of Presidents.
The Obama administration has said it is re-evaluating relations with Israel, including America’s longstanding pro-Israel stance at the United Nations, following recent comments in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to disavow a two-state solution. The administration’s criticism of Netanyahu persisted even after Netanyahu clarified that he supports a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes a Jewish state.
“Secretary Clinton’s views are of special importance and timeliness given recent issues in the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Hoenlein, who initiated the conversation with the former first lady, said in a statement. “We note her call for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, which, we believe, is the only possible route to a true peace.”