Hillary May Have to Regain Jewish Support

Image: Hillary May Have to Regain Jewish Support Hillary Clinton at AIPAC 2010.

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 11:40 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must re-establish her relationship with the Jewish community after advocating for her former boss's agenda, which has some Jewish leaders questioning if her position on Israel changed due to time spent at the State Department.

Clinton worked very hard during her time as New York's senator and during her presidential campaign to garner support from the Jewish community, which many touted as unprecedented, CNN reports.

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However, that support began to whither when she said in 2010 that she could support Iran enriching uranium if it is only to be used for civilian purposes.

"On the amorphous level, that she was part of the administration, there may be some residual weakening," said one Jewish leader, speaking anonymously.

Although others don't believe that her time spent as the nation's top diplomat hurt her standing in the Jewish community, they question whether it helped.

"At a minimum, her four years in the secretary's office did not hurt her in the community, even as the president got beat up in some corners of the community," said another Jewish leader. "I don't know it especially helped her among Jews, but it didn't hurt her."

Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote in the 2012 presidential election, making him the first Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter to win less than 70 percent of the Jewish vote, marking a shift in the community for the first time in almost 35 years.

However, Clinton is helped by the strong support her husband, Bill Clinton, had from the Jewish community when he served in the White House.

In addition, the former secretary of state was invited to speak at the memorial service for Clinton supporter and Jewish leader Samuel Bronfman, which was attended by a large segment of the New York Jewish community.

She will also be honored Wednesday at an event in New York City by Jack Rosen, the head of American Jewish Congress.

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