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B***H: Clinton Slams Israel As ‘Cocky’

Hillary Clinton accused the Jewish state of acting “cocky” during a major 2010 feud between the then-secretary of state and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a recently disclosed email she sent to an aide.

Girl with Butterflies in the Stomach. Editable Vector Illustration

Girl with Butterflies in the Stomach. Editable Vector Illustration

Clinton’s criticism came during a period described by Israel’s then-ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, as the worst point in U.S.-Israel relations in 35 years, a situation largely attributed to Clinton’s own actions.

Just a week before Clinton’s email was sent, she berated Netanyahu in a 45-minute phone call. She demanded that Netanyahu consent to multiple demands to preserve the historically close U.S.-Israel relationship.

Clinton’s anger was due to the announcement that 1,600 new housing units were being built in a mainly Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. The announcement came as Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel.

Kim Ghattas, a BBC reporter that followed Clinton as secretary of state, wrote in an email to Clinton aide Jake Sullivan that the Israeli side was “sounding a bit cocky” during a press briefing, noting her belief that it was unlikely that the United States would be able to move them toward an agreement.

Clinton discounted that notion.

“They always sound cocky—in the air or on the ground,” wrote Clinton on March 22, 2010.


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