Over 15,000 pro-Israel US citizens are expected to
attend the conference, as well as an estimated
two-thirds of Congress and 3,600 students from over
paints herself as the best candidate for Israel.
presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton addressed
AIPAC's annual policy conference in Washington DC on
Monday, attacking Republican frontrunner Donald
Trump for saying that he would be "neutral" on the
"We need steady hands, not a president who says he's
neutral on Sunday, pro-Israel on Monday and who
knows what on Tuesday, because everything is
negotiable. Well my friends, Israel's security is
not negotiable," Clinton told the meeting of the
US's largest Israel lobby.
never be neutral when it comes to Israel's security
or survival," she stated. "Anyone who doesn't
understand that has no business being our
Clinton said that the turmoil of the Middle East
poses great challenges to the US, but abandoning
America's responsibilities in the region is not an
Clinton said that Iran's aggression, the rise of
extremism and the growing effort to delegitimatize
Israel on the world stage are converging to make the
US-Israel alliance more necessary than ever.
"The US and Israel must be closer than ever,
stronger than ever and more determined than ever to
go against our common adversaries and advance our
common values," she said.
Clinton said this was particularly so given the
current wave of terror plaguing Israel. "These
attacks must end immediately and Palestinian leaders
need to stop inciting violence, celebrating
terrorists as martyrs and stop paying rewards to
She said that maintaining Israel's security was a
strong national interest for the US.
"We must take our alliance to the next level and
conclude a new ten year Memorandum of Understanding
as soon as possible," Clinton said of current
negotiations between Israel and Washington over a
new military aid package for the Jewish state. This
will send a clear message to Israel's enemies, she
added, vowing to maintain Israel's qualitative
She called on the US to bolster Israel's missile
defense and work together to create tunnel-detecting
"One of the first things I'll do as president is
invite the Israeli prime minister to visit the White
House," Clinton said.
Clinton said that a negotiated two-state agreement
remains the best way to ensure Israel's survival as
a democratic and Jewish state. "Inaction cannot be
an option," she stated.
"As president I would continue the pursuit of direct
negotiations," she said, adding emphatically that
she would oppose a UN Security Council resolution to
impose a solution from the outside.
Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz,
Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were set to
address the AIPAC conference later on Monday. House
Speaker Paul Ryan will also address the confab on
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