Hillary Clinton and Israel: A 30-Year Record of Friendship, Leadership, and Strength

From the State Department and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, Clinton has made support for Israel one of her top priorities.

  • As First Lady, Clinton supported Israel’s search for peace and the fight against terrorism, saying “I understand the need never to compromise the security of Israel.” She traveled repeatedly to Israel and forged a lasting bond and friendships with Israeli leaders and people.

Clinton’s Vision:

Deepen Our Unshakable Commitment to Israel’s Security

Clinton believes that Israel’s security is a national priority for the United States. Israel must be able to defend itself by itself. As President, she will:

  • Increase support for rocket and missile defense, including Iron Dome and David’s Sling, and push to expand missile defense to northern Israel, so that Israel can defend itself against rocket attacks and medium-range missiles, and push for push for better tunnel detection technology to better protect Israel from infiltration by terrorists and weapons;

  • Guarantee Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge to ensure the IDF is equipped to deter and defeat aggression from the full spectrum of threats;

  • Renew the U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding, providing a 10-year U.S. commitment to provide Israel with the security assistance it needs to maintain the most capable military in the Middle East;

  • Expand shared security and intelligence operations and U.S.-Israel military exercises;

  • Partner with Israel to advance the two-state vision of a Jewish and democratic Israel with secure and recognized borders.

Redouble U.S. Leadership to Confront Regional Threats

The threats emanating from the Middle East, including the dangers posed by Iran and its terrorist proxies, demand strong, smart and determined U.S. leadership. As President, Clinton will:

  • Vigorously enforce the nuclear agreement with Iran and not hesitate to take military action to protect the United States and our allies if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon;

  • Redouble international pressure on Iran to end its support for terrorist proxies that threaten Israel and destabilize the region, from Lebanon to Gaza to Syria;

  • Strengthen our alliances and partnerships to combat terrorism and improve the long-term trend lines in the region, from North Africa across the Middle East.

Defend Israel on the World Stage

Israel is a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy. International organizations should work with Israel to advance our shared values, not attacking it. As President, Clinton will:

  • Veto any effort at the UN to short-circuit negotiations between the parties;

  • Fight any effort to undermine Israel’s security or impinge on its right to self-defense;

  • Oppose anti-Israel bias in UN bodies and other international forums;

  • Stand up against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement;

  • Cut off efforts to unilaterally recognize Palestinian statehood outside of the context of negotiations with Israel.