Shalom Life | August 05, 2015

Hillary Clinton Asks Haim Saban How to Fight the BDS movement

Clinton turned to Saban to express her alarm regarding the anti-Israel movement

By: Maria Cruz

Published: July 8th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: Hillary Clinton and Haim Saban


As reported by Israel's Arutz Sheva, 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote to businessman, and entertainment producer, Haim Saban to express her alarm about the BDS movement.

Saban has donated large sums of money to the Democratic Party for years. Back in 2008, Saban denied allegations that he offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America in a phone interview if their top two uncommitted superdelegates backed Clinton. Clinton has referred to Saban as a “very good friend and supporter”, making it no surprise that she turned to him in an attempt to fight back against BDS.

Arutz Sheva reports that in her letter, Clinton mentioned how she sought out Saban’s advice on how to work together to fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel, which many argue are the real goals of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

Clinton believes that BDS “seeks to punish Israel and dictate how Israelis and Palestinians should resolve the core issues of their conflict. This is not the path to peace. Israel's long-term security and future depend on having two states for two peoples,” she wrote. “But that outcome can only be achieved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians – it cannot be imposed from the outside or by unilateral actions.”

Clinton went on to write that she would gather elected representatives, heads of business, and community leaders to try and end the BDS movement. She hopes that by gathering these different groups together, they can all band as one to explain BDS’ agenda and how it doesn’t promote peace but rather makes things worse between Palestine and Israel.

Clinton has worked for years to prove that America will always support Israel. She wrote that she opposed the Goldstone report to make it clear that Israel must be allowed to defend themselves like any other country, which is an agenda she plans on supporting if she becomes President.

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