First on CNN: Hillary Clinton to address international Jewish group
April 14th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
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First on CNN: Hillary Clinton to address international Jewish group

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address a large Jewish group in May, adding another forum to her schedule in which she’s expected to talk about Mideast peace and Iran's nuclear program.

Clinton will deliver the closing address at the 2014 American Jewish Committee's Global Forum in Washington, D.C. on May 14, and organizers anticipate Clinton will "give her view on the issue of utmost concern to us," which include Iran's nuclear program, the rise of global anti-Semitism and the role of Israel in the Mideast peace process.

The address will mark the fourth time Clinton has addressed the American Jewish Committee. According to Ken Bandler, the group's spokesman, Clinton addressed the group as first lady, senator from New York and most recently as secretary of state in 2010.

In her last appearance, Clinton offered a full-throated backing of Israel, stating that the Jewish nation's security "is more than a policy position; it is a personal commitment."

"Israel’s right to exist is non-negotiable and no lasting peace is possible unless that is accepted,” Clinton said. “Regional peace must begin with the recognition by every party that the United States will always stand behind Israel’s security."

The three-day event features a sizable list of speakers, including Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut; Laurent Fabius, foreign minister of France and Ron Dermer, ambassador of Israel to the United States.

Bandler also said the group expects to feature a speaker from the Obama administration, but who that person is has not yet been confirmed.

Clinton's remarks are sure to continue to fan the flame of presidential speculation. The former first lady is the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and Jewish voters have long been an important base for Clinton.

During her time in the Senate, Clinton was seen as an outspoken defender for Israel and American Jews. When she ran for Senate in 2000, she worked hard to court the Jewish community and eventually won them over despite some skepticism. By the time she ran for president in 2008, her standing within the Jewish community was at an all-time high and Jewish voters favored her over then-Sen. Barack Obama in the nomination fight.

Among the chief questions at May's speech will be how Clinton feels about the preliminary nuclear deal the United States and other allies struck with Iran. The deal, which was reached after Clinton left State, looks to dial back Iran's ability to work toward a nuclear weapon and at the same time loosens the chokehold of international sanctions on Iran's economy.

Clinton has spoken out in favor of pursuing the deal and in a 2010 BBC interview - long before the deal was struck - she even hinted that the deal may be possible.

Hillary Clinton must once again win over some in Jewish community

At an event put on by Jack Rosen and the American Jewish Congress in March, Clinton looked to distance herself from the Iran deal by casting doubt on whether Iran would ultimately live up to its side of the bargain and agree to slow its nuclear program.

Clinton said she was “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” on the interim deal, adding that she had "seen their behavior over years."

CNN's Brianna Keilar and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Oi! What will the Whackjob Chorus have to say this?

    April 14, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Hillary Clinton - Butcher of Benghazi

    Who cares what this incompetent accomplice to murder thinks about anything? She already proven her incompetence with Benghazi, her FAILED Russian Reset fiasco, having $6 BILLION go missing from the State Dept. but I'm sure all of the lefties would say the same thing as Clinton.... What does it all matter?!!!

    We have to elect a woman so we can say we elected the first woman president, it doesn't matter that she is a no accomplishment failure that failed miserably under pressure. It is all about celebrity, just like Obama. And after 8 years of his record unemployment, many brain dead people on the left will still buy into that insanity.

    April 14, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. just saying

    after the total disaster obama has been to israel i can't believe any jewish person that supports israel would ever vote for a democrat again. obama's feckless leadership has the entire region in flames, former allies thrown unde rthe bus, and iran developing nuclear weapons as obama looks the other way, pretending to be taking action, while iran marches on.

    but the demorcats willl lie to the jews just like they lie to the rest of us in order to get their money and support.

    April 14, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. The Elephant in the Room

    America 1st. Isreal can not be given a pass for its spying on the US nor can we allow this little tiny country to meddle in US elections anymore than we would allow Iran to do so. Netanyahu has crossed several protocol line with the President and this is never acceptable.

    April 14, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just sayin
    obama's feckless leadership has the entire region in flames

    Just when you think this guy can't get any more desperate, he posts this!

    April 14, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    I wonder will Sheldon Adelson be in attendance.

    April 14, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Chris-E...al

    Our Jewish friends know that most dems want to divide the israeli homeland up where they can be attact by rockets even more . (Dems are smart) Keyword / Divide /. What a friend indeed .

    April 14, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton – Butcher of Benghazi

    Who cares what this incompetent accomplice to murder thinks about anything? She already proven her incompetence with Benghazi, her FAILED Russian Reset fiasco, having $6 BILLION go missing from the State Dept. but I'm sure all of the lefties would say the same thing as Clinton.... What does it all matter?!!!
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    Don't you realize that whenever you deride the Obama administration for a "failed Russian reset" that you're completely ignoring the fact that they needed resetting from the hostile policies of the Bush administration, who had tried to publicly embarass, disrespect and marginalize Putin and his beloved Russia.

    April 14, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Chris – You should write comedy.

    April 14, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Tony Dow

    @Chris-E...al
    Our Jewish friends know that most dems want to divide the israeli homeland up where they can be attact by rockets even more . (Dems are smart) Keyword / Divide /. What a friend indeed .

    WTF?

    April 14, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Hillary Clinton – Butcher of Benghazi

    Anonymous
    Don't you realize that whenever you deride the Obama administration for a "failed Russian reset" that you're completely ignoring the fact that they needed resetting from the hostile policies of the Bush administration, who had tried to publicly embarass, disrespect and marginalize Putin and his beloved Russia.
    -–

    Yes, heaven forbid that Democrats actually recognize reality and deal with it. Far better to create a fantasy and try to sell it as reality.

    April 14, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Tony Dow

    Who will be the next Republican President? Angus T. Jones in 2024?

    April 14, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Butcher- Does this make W the butcher of the twin towers, the butcher of 50 dead in 15 embassy attacks, the butcher of 4500 soldiers in unnecessary wars, the butcher of hundreds of thousand Iraqi civilians, the butcher of the American economy, and the butcher of 45,000 annually who died without access to health care?

    April 14, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Hillary Clinton -- FAILED Russian Reset Architect

    Yes, Bush had it all wrong. Putin is not our enemy, he is just a nice, miunderstood ex-commmie. All we need is to get the Russians together for a photo op where we can push a Russian Reset button. We will all smile and joke around and everything will be great. We'll even throw in the cancellation of the missile defense shield for absolutely nothing. We'll even totally forget about the fact that Russia invaded Georgia too.

    All we need to do is keep living in our own little foreign policy fantasy land and everything will work out fine. Trust Hillary and Obama, Putin really is a nice guy you can be flexible with.

    April 14, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Tony Dow
    @Chris-E...al
    Our Jewish friends know that most dems want to divide the israeli homeland up where they can be attact by rockets even more . (Dems are smart) Keyword / Divide /. What a friend indeed .

    WTF?
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    Without any concrete facts on an issue, conservative commentators sometimes string random words together in desperation. It is sad and yes – WTF.

    April 14, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim
    Butcher- Does this make W the butcher of the twin towers, the butcher of 50 dead in 15 embassy attacks, the butcher of 4500 soldiers in unnecessary wars, the butcher of hundreds of thousand Iraqi civilians, the butcher of the American economy, and the butcher of 45,000 annually who died without access to health care?
    ----------
    Haven't you heard?
    The conservative history revisionists have declared none of that happened.
    Or perhaps it was Obama's fault.

    April 14, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Butcher – when Putin invaded Georgia in 2008, W did nothing. W looked in Putey's eyes and saw goodness in his soul. Now, Putin will deal with economic sanctions from the rest of the world because of his last act of stupidity. To summarize: Bush did nothing, Obama and coalition, sanctions.

    April 14, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Create a fantasy land, you mean like thinking your going to lie to the citizens, Congress, to start a war for oil, thinking your going to pay for it from oil, really. He actually though he was going to invade Iraq and sieze control of their oil fields, while simultaneously giving record low tax rates for the top earners, and got trillion dollars in military contracts for Cheney, and causing our economy to crash, more of that is the obvious answer, genius I tell you . Bush left office the richest president ever, just like he bragged he would, smart vote rwnj.

    April 14, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. guest

    Are we seriously considering putting ANOTHER unqualified person in the White House? All for the sake of celebrity and a "first"? Have we all lost our collective minds?

    April 14, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. just asking

    why can't democrats and lefties actually discuss hillary clinton's accomplishments and qualifications? answer: she has none. let's discuss all those brilliant accomplishments from her 4 years of running the state dept.

    ok, lefties, let's hear them...

    April 14, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |