WASHINGTON (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama would be "a good friend to Israel" if elected, Sen. Hillary Clinton told a pro-Israel lobbying group Wednesday.
Though Clinton has yet to concede the Democratic race and spoke Wednesday of what she would do as president, she told the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee that Obama "understands what is at stake here."
"It has been an honor to contest these primaries with him. It is an honor to call him my friend. And let me be very clear: I know that Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel," the New York senator and former first lady said.
"I know that Senator Obama shares my view that the next president must be ready to say to the world: America's position is unchanging, our resolve unyielding, our stance nonnegotiable. The United States stands with Israel, now and forever," she said.
Obama addressed the AIPAC conference earlier Monday, praising Clinton for "the outstanding race she has run." Some Clinton supporters have begun to campaign for him to pick Clinton as his running mate, but the two campaigns deny that discussions on the subject have begun.
Clinton said Tuesday night that she would make a decision about the future of her campaign "in the coming days." Though some of her supporters have urged her to fight on to the party's August nominating convention in Denver, a leading Clinton backer told CNN that the campaign is most likely over.
"I don't think Hillary Clinton is going to contest all the way to Denver," Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said. "I think very soon she's going to do the right thing and get behind the party, get behind Senator Obama, whether she's vice president or not. She'll work hard for this ticket."