Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress

Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)
Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her foreign policy record to a pro-Israel group in Manhattan tonight and advocated for a nuanced–but tough–approach to Iran as tensions in the Middle East remain high.

Ms. Clinton, who is viewed as a presidential front-runner in 2016, nevertheless advocated for an unabashedly Israel-oriented approach to the region. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress”

De Blasio Defends Foreign Policy Views After AIPAC Speech Criticism

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Bill de Blasio isn’t backing down from his staunch support of AIPAC.

Bill de Blasio’s off-schedule, closed-press speech last month to the pro-Israel lobbying organization drew criticism from the the Democratic mayor’s most passionate supporters, including The Nation‘s editorial board, which reacted especially harshly. Continue reading “De Blasio Defends Foreign Policy Views After AIPAC Speech Criticism”

De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is cool with President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran.

Mr. de Blasio–who argued “there is no closer relationship on earth, literally no closer relationship, than that between New York City and the state of Israel” during the campaign–told Politicker today that he has “a different view” from fellow New York Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer who sharply criticized the recent agreement. Continue reading “De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran”

New York’s Mayoral Candidates Love Israel as Much as You Do, if Not More

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Rep. Charlie Rangel smiles as the press conference’s attendees gather.

This morning, a small army of elected officials and Jewish advocates amassed on Second Avenue, not far from the United Nations, to press their case that Israel is completely justified in its forceful reaction to the rocket attacks against it. In New York City, of course, support for Israel is an almost universally acknowledged political principle with very few deviations. Indeed, so many elected officials crowded together that they had trouble squeezing into the allotted area.

Naturally, all four of the likely Democratic candidates for mayor were present and more than eager to burnish their foreign policy credentials in light of the burgeoning international controversy. In order to profess their unyielding belief in the righteousness of Israel’s military response in Gaza, each pol described personally visiting the Jewish State, three of them to the exact same small town. We decided to simply transcribe their remarks in the order that they spoke.

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Obama to Romney: The Military ‘Is Not a Game of Battleship’

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In one of the more memorable exchanges of tonight’s final presidential debate, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney clashed while discussing the focus of our military. After Mr. Romney attacked Mr. Obama over the size of the U.S. Navy and Air Force, Mr. Obama accused his Republican rival of being uneducated about “how our military works,” quipping, “The question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships.”

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Charles Barron vs. Hakeem Jeffries on Foreign Policy [Video]

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Hakeem Jeffries addressing the crowd.

At a town hall last night in Bed-Stuy, congressional candidates Hakeem Jeffries and Charles Barron gave their pitches and took questions, striking familiar themes: Mr. Jeffries portrayed himself as a serious legislator while Mr. Barron proclaimed his ability to help lead a national movement to change the country.

As the two competitors spoke at different times in different rooms, they never interacted or had the opportunity to have a fiery back-and-forth, as already happened on Inside City Hall. However, both candidates did take identical questions on foreign policy, “especially related around Africa and the Caribbean,” and their responses showed an interesting yet unsurprising divergence.

“This is a very diverse district and so there are going to be different parts of the district that have significant foreign policy interests,” Mr. Jeffries noted, adding that Africa was dear to the heart of many residents in places like Bed-Stuy, the Caribbean was important to Canarsie and Flatlands, and, unprompted, stressed the importance of Israel as well.

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Lancman Works to Outflank Opponents on Israel [Video]

2012 03 27 13 12 35 487 Lancman Works to Outflank Opponents on Israel [Video]The various candidates for an open Queens congressional race are rushing to demonstrate unwavering support for Israel, and one of them, Democratic Assemblyman Rory Lancman, is hustling to try and make that argument the hardest.

For example, earlier today, Mr. Lancman held a press conference calling on the U.S. Department of State to change its policies and allow its passports to recognize the country of Israel as a birthplace for citizens born in Jerusalem

“Israel is a key part of this race. A big part of a Congress Member’s responsibility is to help shape foreign policy for this country,” Mr. Lancman told The Politicker after the event. “Where one stands on Israel, what one’s record on Israel has been, and what one’s vision is for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, I think is going to be a big part of the primary and a big part of the general election.”

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