By COLlive reporter
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went all out to win over the mass pro-Israel crowd gathered at the annual AIPAC policy conference on Monday.
“One of the first things I’ll do in office is invite the Israeli Prime Minster to visit the White House,” she stated in a clear diss of President Barack Obama‘s strained public relationship with his Israeli counterpart.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled his appearance at AIPAC after the White House couldn’t schedule a meeting with the President. Clinton’s line got a lengthy applause.
The former First Lady and Secretary of State also positioned herself as an alternative to the Republican presidential candidate who will be addressing AIPAC later on Monday.
She singled out the GOP frontrunner and businessman Donald Trump who has said in interviews that he will remain “neutral” in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, despite calling himself pro-Israel.
We need steady hands,” Clinton said. “Not a President who says he’s neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday, and who-knows-what on Wednesday because everything’s negotiable. Well my friends, Israel’s security is non-negotiable.”
To the sound of a continued applause, Clinton added:
“I’ve sat in Israeli hospital rooms, holding the hands of men and women whose bodies and lives were torn apart by terrorist bombs. I’ve listened to doctors describe the shrapnel left in a leg, an arm, or even a head. That’s why I feel so strongly that America can’t ever be neutral when it comes to Israel’s security or survival.
“We can’t be neutral when rockets rain down on residential neighborhoods when civilians are stabbed in the street, when suicide bombers target the innocent. Some things aren’t negotiable — and anyone who doesn’t understand that has no business being our President.”
After speaking about the strong American-Israeli relationship, the shared threats of ISIS terrorists, those funded by Iran and the Boycott/Divest/Sanctions (BDS) movement, Clinton mentioned the upcoming festive Jewish holiday of Purim this week.
“On Wednesday evening Jews around the world will celebrate the festival of Purim. And children will learn the story of Esther, who refused to stay silent in the face of evil. It wasn’t easy, she had a good life, and by speaking out she risked everything,” she said.
“But as Mordechai reminded her, we all have the obligation to do our part when danger gathers. And those of us with power or influence have a special responsibility to do what’s right.”
VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Remarks at AIPAC’s 2016 Policy Conference
Speaking later today at AIPAC in Washington, DC, will be Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Clinton’s Democratic rival and the only Jewish contender, Bernie Sanders, is boycotting the gathering.