During her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton received an email recommending she use her influence to coordinate, fund, and sanction anti-Israel protests in and around Israel. The objective? To place political pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bend to the Obama Administration’s designs of a “peace process” with Arabs.
Thomas Pickering, a retired State Department employee, advised Clinton that a “game changer” was necessary to break through a “stalemate” in the “peace issue.” Regarding the current momentum of the negotiations between Israel and Palestinian Authority, he warned that “things never get better on their own,” and that “there is no status quo possible in this region.”
No proposal was made to place pressure on the Palestinian Authority or broader Arab society in order to induce any concessions. “Palestinians” are among the highest per-capita recipients of foreign aid in the world, and have received approximately $5 billion in direct U.S. aid since the mid-1990s. This does not include indirect aid from the U.S. to the “Palestinians” via the United Nations, its subsidiaries, and other agencies and organizations.
Despite speculating that the risk to these proposed agitators would not be minimal, the former ambassador recommended that Clinton help organize women-only protests, in order to increase what he perceived would be greater political damage done to Israel in the realm of public relations should Israeli authorities use force be used to suppress them.
“[Women-only protests] ought to be done with care but it could help to create the kind of action which no army can easily use force to deal with. There would be a chance force would be misused against them. With all and only women demonstrating peacefully under the eyes of the world the chances are much less force will be used against them, since that action has its own consequences. But in truth, I cannot minimize the fact that the dangers are not small,” wrote Pickering.
Left-wing Israeli women should also be encouraged to protest, said Pickering, advising an organization of such groups to demonstrate in “major squares and parks in Jerusalem” and “outside the Prime Minister’s office.”
He also advised coordination with anti-Israel organizations funded by European governments and international left-wing organizations like Peace Now/Shalom Achshav.
Most importantly, Pickering wrote, is that American participation in the organization and direction of these protests must be undisclosed.
“Most of all the United States, in my view, cannot be seen to have stimulated, encouraged or be the power behind it for reasons you will understand better than anyone,” wrote Pickering.
Emails released in November revealed that Clinton loyalist Anne-Marie Slaughter had proposed the cultivation of a “shaming effect” against the Israeli government by coordinating left-wing billionaire donors to contribute a “Pledge for Palestine.”
Also in Clinton’s orbit of anti-Israel surrogates are Sidney Blumenthal and his son Max.
H/T Adam Kredo at The Washington Free Beacon
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