Catching Up From the Bay Area

Jerusalem Defender

I’ve been out in San Mateo County, CA, on family business. I’ve been remiss in posting a couple of recent pieces about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Earlier in the week, I wrote a news analysis on how Clinton is once again playing the Jerusalem card. Back when she was gearing up for her Senate run in 1999, Clinton sent a letter to the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America calling Jerusalem “indivisible eternal capital of Israel.” Last week, on the eve of the Jewish high holiday season, Clinton’s campaign sent out a position paper on Israel, saying ” Hillary Clinton believes that Israel’s right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, secure from violence and terrorism, must never be questioned.” I analyze the politics of the move here.

It’s interesting to see that Clinton may be to the right of members of Israel’s government on this. Haim Ramon proposed giving way part of Jerusalem earlier this month.

Later in the week, I wrote about Hillary Clinton and Sister Souljah moments. Joan Vennochi revisits the Sister Souljah episode here.

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