Monday, October 17, 2016

What is in the Hacked Podesta Emails? Corruption Part 3, Haim Saban

Who is Haim Saban? Why is he important to Hillary Clinton and the WikiLeaks hacked emails. You are about to learn. Saban is a prime example of how money buys influence and power.


Haim Saban  is an Israeli-American media proprietor, investor, philanthropist, musician, record, film & television producer. An accomplished businessman primarily involved with business interests pertaining to financial services, entertainment, and media, and an estimated net worth of $3 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 143rd richest person in America. Saban is the founder of Saban Entertainment, producer and distributor of children's television programs in the US such as Power Rangers. He headed up consortiums which purchased the broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 Media and Univision Communications. He is a major donor to the US Democratic Party and active in pro-Israel political efforts in the US.

Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, have made 39 contributions totaling $2.4 million to support the Clintons’ races since 1992. The Sabans have also donated at least $10 million to the foundation.

In the emails below you will see how very little goes on in the Clinton Machine with regards to the Hispanic Community or the Jewish Community without input or permission from Saban. You will see ties to La Raza and collusion with Univision. The corruption runs deep.

Re: Sabado Gigante


Date: 2015-10-06 20:11

Subject: Re: Sabado Gigante

In case you get a question on what we're doing to engage Latino voters,

here are some examples of events over the next few weeks. Please let me

know if you have any questions.


The campaign launched Latinos for Hillary last week and will hold

a number of events throughout the next few weeks.

The launch will coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month and will be

used to energize, organize and earn the support of the Latino community.

In the face of a GOP field that promises to diminish

the Latino community, Hillary’s message will be that she will defend and

stand with Latinos— because when Latino families are strong, America is


· The campaign will host a number of organizing activities,

including an organizing event in San Antonio on Oct. 15th focused on

Latinas and her personal story. This will be her first organizing event in

Texas since she announced, and her second public event in

Texas. Hillary previously gave a speech in Houston for how to expand

access to the ballot box


Her connection to the community dates back to when she registered Latino voters

in south Texas and along the Rio Grande after graduating from Law School.

· Hillary Clinton will hold campaign events in Nevada the day after

the Democratic debate, where the Latino vote is critical for the caucus and

the general election. Rep. Joaquin Castro will campaign for Clinton in the

state on Oct. 11th, leading up to the debate.

· The campaign will also host a number of Latino house parties

around the Democratic debate in key states like Nevada, Colorado, Florida,

Texas and Virginia.

· Hillary Clinton will attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Institute’s (CHCI) 38th Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, Oct. 8th at the

Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Hillary has a

relationship with CHCI dating back to her time as First Lady and worked to

empower Latino youth. This is the largest Latino gathering in the

country. President Obama will also address the group.

· Hillary Clinton will do calls with the National Hispanic

Leadership Agenda (NHLA), which represents a coalition of the nation’s 40

prominent Latino organizations; Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)

members; and Latino leaders and supporters. Hillary previously met with the

CHC this summer where she discussed her policy agenda and issues important

to the community.

· The campaign will roll out endorsements in the coming weeks from

community leaders, elected officials and celebrities, and urge voters to

tell their stories through digital channels.

Director of Latino Outreach Lorella Praeli, an activist and a

DREAMer, has a deep understanding of the community. She developed the plan

and will lead these efforts in order to earn the vote of this key


Read more about her story here:

· One of the first policy announcements that Hillary Clinton made

was on immigration


Hillary also

laid out her vision on expanding access to the ballot box and voting rights


She has also focused on other the issues that matter most to Latinos like

the economy and education by speaking to those communities directly when

she rolled out her proposals.

· *“Latinos for Hillary” will serve as a platform to highlight

Clinton’s agenda to fight for Latinos.* Latinos continue to get

short-changed on incomes, lag on educational attainment rates, and many

live in the shadows in fear that deportation will tear their families

apart. Clinton has laid out a vision to help Latinos get ahead and stay

ahead, including:

o *She will get incomes rising again for Latino families: *On average,

Hispanic households earn $500,000 less than the average white

household. Hillary will fight to raise incomes for hard

working Latino families.

o *She will make college affordable for Latinos:* Latino college students

are less likely than white students to enroll in a four-year college and

nearly 67% of Latino students who do earn bachelor’s degrees leave school

with debt. Hillary’s New College Compact will ensure that cost is not a

barrier for anyone who wants to attend college.

o *She will make quality, affordable, childcare a reality for

families: *Nearly

32 percent of Hispanic women in college and almost 18% of Hispanic men in

college are balancing school with raising their children. Hillary’s

education plan will provide childcare and scholarships to meet the needs of

student parents.

o *She will defend and expand the Affordable Care Act for Latinos:* In

2009, 32 percent of Latinos were uninsured— that’s higher than any other

minority group. Today, under the ACA, millions of Latinos across the

country are benefitting from stronger coverage and

protections. Hillary will stand up to Republican attempts to roll back the


o *She will fight for comprehensive immigration reform: *Instead of

breaking up law-abiding immigrant families who have enriched America for

years, Hillary will offer them a path to full and equal citizenship. She

will also protect and implement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

(DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs, and do

everything possible under the law to ensure that we keep families together.

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 2:19 PM, Sara Latham <>


> *UNIVISION asks:*

> *Appearance on Despierta America

> <> (non-political interview

> Similar to Ellen) *

> ¡Despierta América! is an American Spanish language morning television

> show airing on Univision. Debuting on April 14, 1997, the program's

> primarily targets the Hispanic population in the United States.

> *Univision town hall hosted by Leon Krauze, who is based in LA, or Jorge

> Ramos*

> This town hall would also run on Al Punto. Al Punto is a Sunday morning

> talk show hosted by Noticiero Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on

> the Univision network and its sister network Galavisión.

> *Univision Facebook Q&A* <>* (we

> pitched this idea to them)*

> *Interview with Lili Estefan (La Flaca) from* *El Gordo y la Flaca *

> El Gordo y la Flaca was created by Emilio Estefan and is an American

> Spanish-language entertainment news show.

> *Short Digital interview*

> <>* (similar

> to Amanda’s interview) *

> Quick questions with Hillary Clinton. This would serve as a bio piece.

> *Interview with Aqui y Ahora

> <> (profile piece)*

> The show covers the most important news from around the world, especially

> involving the Hispanic community, and is created by a group of respected

> journalists. They have years of experience in the field of journalism and

> are always very professional when it comes to their reporting.

> *Profile Interview with New York correspondent Maria Antonietta Collins

> <> (Univision News)*

> María Antonieta Collins Flores is a Mexican journalist, TV host and best

> seller author of seven books, and winner of four Emmy Awards, and the

> Edward Murrow Award.

> *Univision Radio Interview (Enrique Santos <>)*

> Enrique Santos “Mr. E” is host of the syndicated “Enrique Santos Show,”

> live from Univision Radio’s Miami affiliate, WRTO-FM MIX 98.3 (6-10AM

> Monday thru Friday) simulcast/distributed on WVIV-FM Maxima 103.1/93.5

> Chicago, WXNY-FM X96.3 New York, KQMR-FM La Kalle 100.3 Phoenix, KAMA-FM Tu

> Musica 104.9 Houston, KESS-FM Maxima 99.1 Dallas, KGSX-FM La Kalle 95.1 San

> Antonio, KKRG-FM La Kalle 101.3 Albuquerque, KRGT-FM La Kalle 99.3 Las

> Vegas, KLLE-FM KLLE 107.9 Fresno, KVVF-FM Latino Mix 105.7 San Francisco

> and KLVE-FM K-LOV 107.5 Los Angeles.

> *Interviews with Univision <> Affiliates* –

> Las Vegas, New England, Colorado, New Mexico, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Laredo,

> El Paso.

> On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 1:50 PM, John Podesta <>

> wrote:

>> I need a list of asks that Comms wants. Haven't gotten much so far.



>> On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Sara Latham <>

>> wrote:


>>> Univision ?

>>> what do you need for bfast tomorrow ?


>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

>>> From: Kristina Schake <>

>>> Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 7:54 PM

>>> Subject: Fwd: Sabado Gigante

>>> To: Sara Latham <>



>>> Background on this in case John asks you. Haim Saban talked to HRC

>>> about us not doing enough with Univision and references this show.



>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

>>> From: Xochitl Hinojosa <>

>>> Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 7:52 PM

>>> Subject: Sabado Gigante

>>> To: Jennifer Palmieri <>, Kristina Schake <


>>> Cc: Jorge Silva <>



>>> Jen and Kristina,



>>> We originally pitched Univision on having HRC on the last show of Sabado

>>> Gigante, but they declined because POTUS was scheduled to be on their

>>> show. We then pitched a video instead and they agreed to play it as long as

>>> it wasn’t political. They notified us right before their last show that

>>> they were overbooked and had to cut a number of segments, videos, etc.,

>>> including ours. We came to an agreement that the video would air live

>>> during the show’s tribute the weekend following the last episode, as well

>>> as during Despierta America (their morning show), and promote it on

>>> Facebook and Twitter. We felt like this was the best alternative.




>>> Let me know if you have any questions.




>>> Thank you.



>>> Xochitl




>>> --




>>> Kristina Schake | Communications

>>> Hillary for America

Re: Hi


Date: 2015-07-03 15:14

Subject: Re: Hi

Lorella and Xochitil,

Can u both work up a sketch on this (with Paola too) adding in Schake's

plan below too.

We can share w Alex (Haim) and get his thoughts on it too.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 3, 2015, at 1:06 PM, Lorella Praeli <>



On Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 1:04 PM, Robby Mook <> wrote:

> How much pickup with anything this weekend get?

> If we think this is a dead weekend, my gut would be to get a week-long

> plan put together leading up to La Raza. Call to action to the groups,

> ask CHC members to write op eds, Univision interview, etc. then we need

> to make more news at La Raza.

> In any case, I'd rather focus on getting lots of pickup and organizing

> around some news at La Raza than getting some one offs that don't penetrate

> as much.

> On Jul 3, 2015, at 12:53 PM, Lorella Praeli <>

> wrote:

> Alex, who works for Haim, called a few minutes ago. Same message- Haim

> thinks HRC needs to be on the forefront of this and show that she's an

> integral part of the community, lift up and be proud of the contributions

> Latinos make. I shared what she has said and reminded him that all of this

> happened in the wake of Charleston. He asked to call him and share our plan

> and get input from them. let me know how you feel about that.

> Agree with all that's been said. Would be good to have HRC do a Univision

> interview soon and say something to English media.

> Amanda, myself, and others can also be on SLM delivering the message.

> Other surrogates can really hammer the GOP and make this about the *Party

> of Trump*. It's about condemning Trump and the lack of R leadership. It's

> not just his comments, but the policy implications that all the Rs agree

> with.

> Espuelas is on Face the Nation (see below)- if we have a good relationship

> with him, can we make sure he's seen what HRC has said on this ?

> (Face the Nation": Sen. Bob Corker ... Sen. Amy Klobuchar ... Rick

> Santorum ... Panel: Mike Allen, Ruth "The Truth" Marcus, Peter Baker and

> talk-show host Fernando Espuelas)

> Other thoughts:

> -Do we have anyone going on TV this weekend?

> -Thinking about the early 4, there is the Trump International Hotel in

> Vegas. Maybe there is an organizing opportunity next week. Would be good to

> reach out to UNITE HERE.

> -Online: Engage Latinos and give them something to do so we can galvanize

> them against the GOP and affirm their values for the contributions they

> make. And let them know that we stand with them--that the platform of HRC

> is the platform that stands with Latinos and lifts up their contributions.

> *Rick Dunham (@rickdunham

> <>)*

> 7/3/15, 8:16 AM

> <>

> An Hispanic GOP activist on Donald Trump: "It's a level of idiocy I

> haven't seen in a long time." <>

> h/t @AP <>

> On Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 12:24 PM, Kristina Schake <

>> wrote:

>> July 13.


>> Sent from my iPhone


>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 12:21 PM, Robby Mook <> wrote:


>> What day is La Raza?


>> On Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 11:49 AM, Amanda Renteria <

>>> wrote:


>>> We can't do enough on this issue honestly. So my answer is yes on all

>>> of if - which is about resources.


>>> Sent from my iPhone


>>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 11:40 AM, Xochitl Hinojosa <

>>>> wrote:


>>> Univision was actually really happy about her comments and the tweets

>>> coming from Amanda. They would obviously love an interview with her

>>> whenever we're ready.


>>> I think she should proactively mention it tomorrow, but happy to work

>>> with NH on trying to get a question in. Let me know what everyone prefers.


>>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 11:17 AM, Huma Abedin <>

>>> wrote:


>>> Haim hit all of us

>>> Called me yesterday afternoon with same message. I told him she had said

>>> something but he says he's only heard her talk about immigration. And if

>>> Haim is raising it, it means he's hearing it from his Univision colleagues.

>>> I told him I'd send what we had said so Kristina if you have that, would be

>>> great.

>>> Also told him about la raza but he thought that was too late. Do you

>>> think we would get it as a question at the press avail tomorrow? Cause it

>>> would be perfect opportunity.


>>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 11:14 AM, Xochitl Hinojosa <

>>>> wrote:


>>> I really like the idea of a challenge on the 4th and mentioning it in

>>> the media avail- press will love it. It should also be in her speech at

>>> NCLR.


>>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 11:02 AM, Kristina Schake <>

>>> wrote:


>>> Maybe we could issue a challenge on social on the 4th, she could say in

>>> the media avail to get it in video on Saturday and hit it again with

>>> Brianna on Tuesday.


>>> Sent from my iPhone


>>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 10:54 AM, Jennifer Palmieri <

>>>> wrote:


>>> Adding Amanda and Xotchil.


>>> Haim is right - we should be jamming this all the time.


>>> A and X - can we think about what else we should do? Issue a broader

>>> challenge? Do something tied to Fourth of July were we declared all equal?

>>> Get CHC to do a letter?


>>> Sent from my iPhone


>>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Kristina Schake <>

>>> wrote:


>>> She has spoke about his comments, but didn't say his name. She also

>>> condemned republicans for not attacking him. Want us to pull the examples

>>> of when she did? She could hit it again because he's still out there saying

>>> it.


>>> Sent from my iPhone


>>> On Jul 3, 2015, at 10:39 AM, John Podesta <>

>>> wrote:


>>> Haim thinks we are under reacting to Trump/Hispanics. Thinks we can get

>>> something by standing up for Latinos or attacking R's for not condemning


>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

>>> From: *Haim Saban* <>

>>> Date: Friday, July 3, 2015

>>> Subject: Hi

>>> To: Robby Mook <>

>>> Cc: "" <>

>>> .


>>> All good tx


>>> John can share with you.




>>> *From:* Robby Mook []

>>> *Sent:* Thursday, July 02, 2015 7:01 PM

>>> *To:* Haim Saban

>>> *Subject:* Re: FW: Hi




>>> Perfect. Let me know if you need anything from me!




>>> On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM, Haim Saban <> wrote:


>>> On the phone with him




>>> *From:* Robby Mook []

>>> *Sent:* Thursday, July 02, 2015 6:50 PM

>>> *To:* Haim Saban

>>> *Subject:* Re: FW: Hi




>>> Just talked to John. He's calling you shortly.




>>> On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 3:53 PM, Haim Saban <> wrote:


>>> Resending to your current email. Tx.


>>> +1 (310) 557-5111.




>>> *From:* Haim Saban

>>> *Sent:* Thursday, July 02, 2015 12:27 PM

>>> *To:* 'Robby Mook ('; ''

>>> *Subject:* Hi




>>> Can one of you please call me at your earliest convenience? Tx










> --

> Lorella Praeli

> Director of Latino Outreach

> Hillary for America <>

> 203.417.1436

> @lorellapraeli <>


Lorella Praeli

Director of Latino Outreach

Hillary for America <>


RE: Speech


Date: 2015-03-17 17:57

Subject: RE: Speech

43 is soooooo good on it. Really good. At least he has been when I’ve seen him talk about it with 42

From: Jennifer Palmieri []

Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 3:52 PM

To: Tina Flournoy

Cc: John Podesta

Subject: Re: Speech

Yeah - just seems that with his brother out there as a candidate, it is higher stakes for 43 to be talking about immigration, partic w/ WJC.

On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:56 PM, Tina Flournoy <<>> wrote:

Oh, they’ve done it before. The difference is the proposal is to have this be open press

From: Jennifer Palmieri [<>]

Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:54 PM

To: Tina Flournoy

Cc: John Podesta

Subject: Re: Speech

Gee. Joint with 43 on immigration. That would be interesting.

On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:43 PM, Tina Flournoy <<>> wrote:

This would be our third interview with Jorge Romas – none of which have been particularly great. And as a general matter, trying to manage the number of joint 43 events – we have lots of requests for same.

From: John Podesta [<>]

Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:42 PM

To: Tina Flournoy; Jennifer Palmieri

Subject: Re: Speech

+ Jennifer

Actually, I'm ok with this, but would need some prep.


--Sent from my iPad--<>

For scheduling:<>

On Mar 17, 2015, at 11:47 AM, Tina Flournoy <<>> wrote: Univision has a speech offer to WJC. This is via Haim Saban. The event would be joint with 43 and would be an interview conducted by Jorge Romas re: immigration. Proposed date is May 12. I have reservations about it generally. We have not accepted. Thoughts?

RE: of interest


Date: 2015-06-20 17:00

Subject: RE: of interest

Let's not allow them to steel the Jewish vote from us.

Heard Yesterday: "If I am president, this country will do whatever it takes to help the people of Israel survive and prosper as a Jewish state," Marco Rubio said." [WashTimes<>]

From: Haim Saban

Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:56 AM

To'Huma Abedin'; Robby Mook (; john.podesta@gmail.

Cc: Laura Hartigan; Alex De Ocampo; Amitai B. Raziel (

Subject: of interest

She needs to differentiate herself from Obama on Israel .It can easily be done w/o criticizing the President,and this so that she can recapture the 11% lost between 2012 and 1992.

We addressed this in our meeting yesterday:

+speak strongly against anti-Semitism, and boycott.

+reaffirm the US commitment to Israel's security

+anything else your research tells you the Jewish community is sensitive to.

This is NOT a NY or California issue,,,,it is a Florida one.

Pls LMK how I can help here.

[US Jewish vote: 2012: Obama (Democrat) 69% of Jewish vote, Romney (Republican) 30% 2008: Obama (Democrat) 78%, McCain (Republican) 22% 2004: Kerry (Democrat) 76%, George W Bush (Republican) 24% 2000: Gore (Democrat) 79%, George W Bush (Republican) 19% 1996: Clinton (Democrat) 78%, Dole (Republican) 16% 1992: Clinton (Democrat) 80%, George Bush Sr (Republican) 11%]

RE: full disclosure


Date: 2015-08-23 22:39

Subject: RE: full disclosure

Honestly,,,,,I don't know how she and you all do it,,,,,I love selling cartoons,,,,much easier,,,,AND profitable. :)

From: Huma Abedin []

Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 5:37 PM

To: Haim Saban <>

Cc:; Laura Hartigan <>; Alex De Ocampo <>

Subject: Re: full disclosure

Welcome to our world!

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 23, 2015, at 8:24 PM, Haim Saban <<>> wrote:

I have nothing to do with it.i NEVER tell our news dep. What to cover.,,,unlike some of my peers.

The press is starting to notice Univision's pro-Hillary boosterism - Why are Democrats so confident that Hillary Clinton will be able to preserve Barack Obama's gains with Hispanic voters in 2016? Maybe it's the former secretary of state's not so secret weapon, the Spanish-language television network Univision. Hot Air

RE: Haim Saban


Date: 2015-06-12 17:29

Subject: RE: Haim Saban

Ok thank you. Can I confirm Monday, June 15th at 830am PST?

From: John Podesta []

Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 12:29 PM

To: Liz Blanchard

Subject: Re: Haim Saban

9:00 pst tomorrow is right in the middle of the announcement speech so Monday is better.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Liz Blanchard <<>> wrote:


Haim tried to reach you. Is it possible for you to speak with him tomorrow, Saturday, June 13th at 900am PST or Monday, June 15th at 8:30am PST?

Thank you!


Liz Risdon

Office of Haim Saban, Chairman & CEO

Saban Capital Group, Inc.

10100 Santa Monica Blvd. | Suite 2600 | Los Angeles | 90067

T: 310.557.5112 | F: 310.557.5108<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','');>

Israeli Official--Close Hold


Date: 2015-12-08 20:21

Subject: Israeli Official--Close Hold

Dear Dan, Jake and Laura,

I had a breakfast meeting with a senior Israeli official who is very close to the Prime Minister, and knows his thinking. He had the following insights:

1. The Prime Minister always had a “surprising good relationship” with Hillary; she is “easy to work with”, and that she is more instinctively sympathetic to Israel than the White House. Even during their “famous 43 minute phone call, when he felt like slamming down the phone, he felt she was simply heavily scripted and reading from points prepared by the White House.

2. While the Prime Minister favors a two state solution, neither a majority of the Likud Party nor Bennett’s party does. Indeed, a two state solution has never been in the government guidelines in any Likud-led government.

3. The Prime Minister hoped during his most recent meeting with the President that the new MOU would be announced, but the White House only wanted to announce the intention to negotiate it. He hopes it will be concluded in the next few months. When I asked if Bunker Busting Bombs or the new deep ordinance bomb was on the Israeli request list, he only indicated that “there is no dispute on platforms” between the Administration and Israel. He said the biggest issue is the amount of money, in a lean budget situation. The Israeli Embassy is not going around the Administration to lobby for a higher figure, although they could probably get it. But if the figure is too low, they will wait until the next President.

4. Missile defense funds are also critical, but they come out of the Pentagon budget, while many of the items on the MOU list are in the FMF/Foreign Ops budget.

5. He attended part of the Saban Forum and felt that most of the emphasis was on the Palestinian issue, and wonders if a Clinton Administration “will be a Saban Forum for four years”, due to “the people around her, but not her”. Her own speech was “95% good, although there was some moral equivalence language.”

6. We discussed possible economic initiatives to help the Palestinians, like more Palestinian investment in Zone C, and/or an agreement to limit settlement expansion to the established blocs that under the Clinton parameters would be in Israel after any negotiation. He said the Prime Minister is genuinely interested in doing positive things on the ground. He said that they know it would have to be unilateral, and that they can expect nothing from the Palestinian Authority. But, he said there are the following complications:

(1) It is difficult to do while the knifings are occurring, and while Abu Mazan is fomenting violence;

(2) So that it does not appear they are bending to violence they need the “support” of the USG. This could include:

(a) Opposition to a new UN Resolution, which Secretary Kerry continues to seek;

(b) Support for settlement activity in the established blocs. But the Obama Administration will not agree to any settlement activity, even in areas like Gilo.

(c ) It is little appreciated that despite great pressure to stop any Palestinians from the West Bank from coming into Israel to work, the Prime Minister had kept the flow of tens of thousands coming in every day, recognizing how important this is to the economy of the West Bank and to stability.

(d) The Prime Minister has also kept the VAT refund money flowing to the PA, despite the provocative statements.

But he reiterated there is a deal to be made with the next Administration, looking for positive steps at the outset; “it would be easy to do”.

7. American Jews are focused on issues like BDS and Israeli legitimacy, while Israelis are focused only on security, with the stabbings.

8. There are some in the Israeli coalition that want to dismantle the Palestinian Authority and take over full control. But the Prime Minister and the Defense Minster, and “certainly the military and intelligence community”, want to keep the PA. There is still intelligence sharing on radicals, but when Israel asks them to arrest the radicals they identify, they refuse, and ask the Israelis to do it, and then protest the arrests. But this is all part of a scenario of cooperation. However, if the PA takes Israel to the International Criminal Court, this would be a “huge problem” and a potential game changer in terms of their relationship with the PA.

9. Abu Mazan continues to talk about retiring, as he has done for years, but seems more serious now. There is no obvious successor if he leaves, “other than the guy in jail”.

10Only about 2% to 4% of Israeli civilians have guns, and certainly not the kind of assault rifles used in the US.

11. Israel Arabs are a “real problem.” The government had to dismantle the northern branch of the Islamic Association because they were radicalizing the Israeli Arabs, who are 20% of the population.

Best wishes,

Stu Eizenstat

From: Eizenstat, Stuart

Sent: Monday, December 07, 2015 12:37 PM

To: 'Dan Schwerin'

Cc: Jake Sullivan; Laura Rosenberger

Subject: RE: In Speech, Clinton Discusses Threat from ISIS and Reiterates Her Plan to Defeat Global Terror


Any thoughts on my points for future use?


From: Dan Schwerin []

Sent: Monday, December 07, 2015 11:56 AM

To: Eizenstat, Stuart

Cc: Jake Sullivan; Laura Rosenberger

Subject: Fwd: In Speech, Clinton Discusses Threat from ISIS and Reiterates Her Plan to Defeat Global Terror

Stu, thanks for your kind note. Here's the transcript so you can see where we ended up...

---------- Forwarded message ----------


In Speech, Clinton Discusses Threat from ISIS and Reiterates Her Plan to Defeat Global Terror

At a speech today on the alliance between the United States and Israel, Hillary Clinton reiterated her plan to combat terrorism and defeat the Islamic State.

In her remarks to the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum 2015, Clinton stressed the importance of cracking down on the ability of ISIS and other terrorist groups to communicate and spread propaganda online.

“Resolve means depriving jihadists of virtual territory just as we work to deprive them of actual territory," Clinton said. "They are using websites, social media, chat rooms, and other platforms to celebrate beheadings, recruit future terrorists, and call for attacks. We should work with host companies to shut them down.”

Clinton also observed that a series of trends in the region make the U.S. alliance with Israel "more indispensable than ever."

Please see below for a full transcript of the remarks:

Thank you very much, thank you, Haim, for those kind words. Thanks to you and Sheryl and your family for important initiative and for once again gathering us here, together. It’s wonderful being back with so many friends and colleagues, including many from the diplomatic corps and of course many from Israel. I want to thank Martin, Tammy, everyone at Brookings.

“We look to you to help us understand a world that seems more complex and confounding than ever. And we are grateful for your insights and for always helping us reach for statesmanship over partisanship.

“Before I begin, I want to acknowledge the loss of a beloved member of our foreign policy family, Sandy Berger. A friend and counselor to me and to many of us. Sandy was a wise and brilliant man. Although I was not able to be at the service on Friday, I know many of you were, and my husband told me how extraordinary it was to see generations of policymakers that Sandy had inspired and mentored, and to hear his children talk with such love and respect as the father they knew.

“Sandy was an enthusiastic participant in this Forum, a steadfast friend to Israel, and the recipient of an honorary degree from Tel Aviv University. Martin wrote a lovely tribute to Sandy called “The man who never gave up hope for Arab-Israeli peace.” And he’s right, Sandy never gave up on peace. He ever gave up on the potential for diplomacy to end even the most intractable of conflicts. Before I turn to this challenge and how we can and must take the U.S.-Israel relationship to the next level, let me say a few words about events in our own country.

“These past few days, all of us have tried to make sense of yet another senseless terrorist attack. I know that Americans are anxious and fearful. We have reason to be, the threat is real. The need for action is urgent. Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies will continue learning about what led to the massacre in San Bernardino, just as French and Belgian authorities are doing in Paris and Brussels. But this much we do know: the threat from radical jihadism has metastasized and become more complex and challenging. We’re seeing the results of radicalism not just in far-off lands but right here at home, fueled by the Internet. It’s the nexus of terrorism and technology and we have a lot of work to do to end it. As hard as this is, Americans now have to move from fear to resolve. America has beaten bigger threats before, and we will defeat this one as well.

“Resolve means depriving jihadists of virtual territory just as we work to deprive them of actual territory. They are using websites, social media, chat rooms, and other platforms to celebrate beheadings, recruit future terrorists, and call for attacks. We should work with host companies to shut them down. It’s time for an urgent dialogue between the government and not just our government, but government and the high-tech community to confront this problem together. I heard from some of you that you had a great session about technology yesterday. And about how politics and society kind of go on in a linear way and there’s an upward movement, but how technology is a disruptive force, that leads to a real exponential increase in activity and I think one of the experts on a panel said ISIS is an exponential force right now. Unfortunately, I agree with that. And that’s why it requires us to bring together governments and high-tech experts to figure out how we disrupt them. Resolve means supporting also our first responders, like the officer in San Bernardino who said he would take a bullet for the civilians he was rescuing. We owe them our support and gratitude and whatever help they need.

“Local law enforcement should get the support, training, and coordination they need in their communities from counterterrorism experts in Washington. It also means taking a close look at the safeguards in visa programs and working more effectively with our European allies on intelligence and information sharing. And, yes, Congress must act to ensure that no one who is a suspected terrorist can buy guns anywhere in America.

“Resolve also means cutting off the finances that fuel the global jihadist network and demanding that our partners in the Gulf do so as well. Resolve means going after the threat at its source in Iraq and Syria and beyond, and I’ll have more to say about that in a minute. So we must act with courage and clarity. And I think it’s important to remind ourselves that Islam itself is not our adversary. This is not, and we should not let it become a “clash of civilizations.” It is a clash between hate and hope. And the vast majority of Muslims are on our side of the battle unless we drive them away. We can’t buy into the very narrative that radical jihadists use to recruit new followers or alienate partners we want and need at home and abroad with reckless rhetoric. Declaring war on Islam or demonizing the Muslim-American community is not only counter to our values, it plays right into the hands of terrorists.

“Muslim-Americans are our neighbors, co-workers, loved ones, friends. Many are working every day all over our country to prevent radicalization. We should be supporting them, not scapegoating them. But at the same time, none of us can close our eyes to the fact that we do face enemies who use Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. We have to stop them and we will. Radical jihadists, like so many adversaries in our history, underestimate the strength of our national character. Americans will not cower or cave. And we will not turn on each other or turn on our principles. We will defeat those who threaten us.

“We will keep our country safe and strong, free and tolerant. And we will always defend our friends and allies. Today with stand with France, Nigeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, everywhere radical jihadists threaten. And, yes, we stand with our ally and true friend Israel now and forever. And of course Israel is no stranger to terrorism. I’ve sat in Israeli hospital rooms and held the hands of victims wounded by terrorist attacks, listening to doctors as they sometimes even showed me x-rays, describe how much shrapnel was left in a leg, arm, or a head. Today Israel faces growing threats in its own neighborhood. An ISIS affiliate across Israel’s border in the Sinai is becoming more aggressive and sophisticated. It is responsible for the destruction of a Russian airliner with 224 passengers.

And Israeli media reported last week that an ISIS commander from the Sinai visited Gaza, raising the stakes even higher. There’s also a new wave of violence inside Israel itself. Brutal stabbings, shootings, and vehicle attacks that seek to sow fear among the innocent. Israeli children have been killed as have Palestinian children. Just two weeks ago, terrorists murdered an American yeshiva student named Ezra Schwartz in a drive-by shooting. These knifings and other attacks are terrorism and they must be stopped immediately. So also must irresponsible rhetoric used to stoke tensions or spur violence. Palestinian leaders should condemn and combat incitement in all its forms. The right to be safe is not just the right of Americans but the right of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

“In this period of peril, Israel needs a strong America by its side. And America needs a strong and secure Israel by our side. It’s in our national interest to have an Israel that remains a bastion of stability and a core ally in a region in chaos. We need a brave democracy whose perseverance and pluralism are a rebuke to every extremist and tyrant. We need “a light unto the nations” as darkness threatens.Today, three trends in the region and the world are converging and making our alliance with Israel more indispensable than ever. The first is a rising tide of extremism across a wide arc of instability from North Africa to South Asia. The second is Iran’s continued aggression. And the third is the growing effort to delegitimize Israel on the world stage. America and Israel need to address these threats together. And we must take an already strong relationship to the next level.

“We have to develop a common strategic vision and pursue a coordinated approach. Deepen our cooperation and consultation across the board. Remind our peoples how much they have in common. And keep our relationship always above partisan politics. So we need to see how our challenges intersect and see the whole chessboard. I want to say a few words about each of the converging trends. First, the rise of ISIS and the struggle against radical jihadism. Our security and the security of free people everywhere depends on waging and winning this fight. Our goal must not to deter or contain ISIS. Our goal must be to defeat ISIS. I have put forth a three-prong plan to do that. One: Deny ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria by leading an intensified air campaign and working with local and regional forces on the ground.

“Second, dismantle the global infrastructure of terror, the networks that supply radical jihadists with money, weapons, and fighters, and stop them from recruiting and inspiring. And third: Toughen our defenses at home -- and those of our partners -- against external and homegrown threats. As part of our ongoing war against terrorist organizations, we’ve been operating under an authorization to use military force since 9/11.

“I think the time has come to update that authorization to ensure that we have the tools we need not only to fight ISIS but all international networks of terrorists. That effort has stalled, and I hope that the President and Congress will pick it back up. There is no alternative to American leadership. But the entire world must be part of this fight, and I welcome the new commitments from the United Kingdom, Germany, and others in recent days.

“Now, an effective fight on the ground against ISIS is essential, but that does not mean deploying tens of thousands of American combat troops. It does means stepping up efforts to get more Arab and Kurdish fighters into the fight against ISIS on both sides of the Iraq Syrian border. Supporting the Iraqi security forces while pressuring Baghdad to pursue a more inclusive and effective approach is essential. And immediately deploying the Special Operations forces that President Obama has already authorized with more to follow as more Syrians get into the fight.

We also have to demand that our Arab and Turkish partners carry their share of the burden, with military, financial, and diplomatic contributions. We will do our part, but it’s their fight, too, and they need to act.

“Now I’m glad Turkey in particular has pledged to step up, now it needs to follow through, including by sealing its border. Dealing with the conflict in Syria with respect to Assad is central to this whole effort. We need to continue Secretary Kerry’s efforts to move toward a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria that paves the way for new leadership, and enables Syrians from every community to take on ISIS. Investing the Russians in this outcome, and getting them to step up and do their part, will be difficult but essential.

“We have to pursue a transition away from Assad and an intensified fight ISIS simultaneously. We’re not going to get Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIS in earnest without the credible prospect of a transition. And that’s going to take more pressure and leverage. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve proposed creating a no fly zone and safe havens, as well as more robust support for opposition forces. We also have to do more to support Syria’s neighbors, especially Jordan and Lebanon, as they take in massive numbers of refugees fleeing both ISIS and Assad, so instability doesn’t spread. And finally, it’s crucial that we embed our mission to defeat ISIS within a broader struggle against radical jihadism.

“Extremist groups like ISIS feed off instability and conflict, and there is no shortage of that in the Middle East today. Decades of repression, poverty corruption, a lack of pluralism and tolerance, turned the region into a powder keg. Now we have long faced hard choices in the Middle East about how to balance our interest in working with any reliable partner, even those who don’t share our values, with our commitment to democratic principles and human rights. Those dilemmas aren’t going away, and we can’t forget that lasting security and stability will only come with real reform that provides more space in both the economy and the political system for more people. That’s why we have to work with our friends and partners to support economic and political modernization and train effective and accountable local intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism services. And, once and for all, the Saudis, the Qataris, the Kuwaitis and others must stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations, and stop supporting radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path toward extremism. The second trend that makes a strengthened U.S-Israeli relationship essential is Iran’s increasingly aggressive regional ambitions.

“Tehran’s fingerprints are on nearly every conflict across the Middle East. Iran supports bad actors from Syria to Lebanon to Yemen and beyond. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its proxies are attempting to establish a beachhead on the Golan from which to threaten Israel.

“In Southern Lebanon, Hezbollah is amassing an arsenal of rockets and artillery. And the Ayatollahs continue to threaten Israel’s destruction at every opportunity. We all agree that Iran can never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon. Now, as you know, I support the nuclear agreement negotiated by the world’s great powers. Is it perfect? No, no agreement like that ever is. But I believe that if it is aggressively implemented and enforced, this deal will help us prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

“That said, it is not enough to say yes to this deal. We have to say yes and we will vigorously enforce it.Yes and we will embed it in a larger effort to counter Iran across the region. How we handle enforcement in these early months will set the tone for years to come, so we have to get it right. Our message to Iran must be unequivocal. There will be consequences for even small violations and we are ready to snap back sanctions into place. Our approach must be distrust and verify. There can be no doubt in Tehran that if we see any indication that Iran’s leaders are violating their commitment in the deal not to seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons we will stop them. And we will make sure the Iranians and the world understand that the United States will act decisively if necessary, including taking military action. And we should also should hold Iran and its Revolutionary Guard Corps accountable for their sponsorship of terrorism, ballistic missile development, human rights violations, detention of Americans, and other illicit behavior like cybercrime.

“Now make no mistake, Iran will test our resolve. They have already started to do so, with a ballistic missile test and other provocative behavior. We have to respond to these provocations, including with further sanctions designations as necessary. The third trend is the growing effort around the world to isolate and delegitimize Israel.

“This is not a new challenge. As Secretary of State, I called out systemic, structural anti-Israel bias at the UN and fought to block the one-sided Goldstone Report. Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, especially in Europe, we need to repudiate efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, known as BDS, is the latest front in this battle. Demonizing Israeli scientists and intellectuals, even young students. Comparing Israel to South African apartheid. Now no nation, no nation, is above criticism, but this is wrong and it should stop immediately. Some proponents of BDS may hope that pressuring Israel will lead to peace. Well that’s wrong too. No outside force is going to resolve the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

“Only a two-state solution can provide Palestinians independence, sovereignty and dignity, and provide Israelis the secure and recognized borders of a democratic, Jewish state. Now, it’s no secret that the most recent efforts to advance direct negotiations didn’t yield much tangible progress. But I remain convinced and I think it’s important we all remain convinced, that peace is possible. So I refuse to give up on the goal of two states for two people. And no matter how unattainable it may seem at the moment, Israelis and Palestinians shouldn’t give up on it either.

“Instead, they should demand that their leaders seek every opportunity to demonstrate their commitment. Inaction is not an option. And a “one-state solution” is no solution. It is a prescription for endless conflict. Israelis deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror. And Palestinians should be able to govern themselves in their own state, in peace and dignity. Now for most Americans, it is hard to imagine the reality that exists for many Palestinians and recently for Israelis. So as difficult as this is, we need to look for opportunities to move forward together. Everyone has to do their part to create the conditions for progress by taking positive actions that can rebuild trust and by avoiding damaging actions, including with respect to settlements. And at the same time we should also oppose any unilateral action at the United Nations.

“Now I know that sometimes this process can start to feel like that famous definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. But circumstances do change. And most importantly, demographics change. Technology changes. Geopolitics changes. Today, in the Middle East, Israel and its Arab neighbors find that many of their strategic interests are increasingly aligned. That creates room for greater coordination. Neither Israel nor its Arab neighbors want to see Iran increase its influence in the region or violent jihadists gain footholds. So we should encourage more intelligence sharing and security cooperation like the quiet partnership between Israel and Egypt to stabilize the Sinai. And you may have seen that Israel plans to open a diplomatic mission in the UAE to participate in the International Renewable Energy Agency, which I was proud to support locating in Abu Dhabi. Imagine how that kind of step could be followed by broader diplomatic engagement.

“Converging interests between Israel and key Arab states may make it possible to promote progress on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and clearly progress between Israelis and Palestinians could contribute toward greater cooperation between Israel and Arabs. Right now, Arab leaders could send a powerful message by reviving and updating the Arab Peace Initiative and laying out a process for normalizing relations with Israel and accepting it as a Jewish state alongside an independent Palestine. And Israel could seize the opportunity to directly respond to such an initiative. This is no magic wand, but there’s a real strategic opportunity worth exploring.

“That said, it’s also time to stop pretending that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will solve all of the Middle East’s problems. For too long Arab states have used the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an excuse to avoid facing their own challenges at home. The people of the region have shown that they will no longer accept this. Their leaders should drop the excuses and pick up the pace of getting their own houses in order.

“And as they do, the United States will support them. We should reaffirm that the Gulf is a region of vital interest to America and commit to sustaining a robust military relationship with our partners there to defend against radical jihadism and Iranian aggression in any form. So if you add it all up, radical jihadism on the rise, Iran seeking to extend its reach, efforts to delegitimize Israel, we can see how crucial it is for the United States and Israel to stand together closer than ever.

“And we can see how Israel’s search for security, stability, and peace goes hand-in-hand with the broader effort the United States must lead to secure and stabilize the Middle East. Now, we know our governments have had their share of disagreements in recent years. But the relationship has always been stronger and deeper than the headlines might lead you to believe. Under President Obama, we achieved unprecedented defense and intelligence collaboration and supported the development of the Iron Dome air defense system, which saved many Israeli lives when Hamas rockets began to fly from Gaza. As Secretary of State, I worked with the Israeli government to negotiate a cease-fire that ended those rocket attacks in 2012 and vigorously defended Israel at the UN and in other international bodies. Now, as I’ve said, it’s time, it’s the time to take our alliance to the next level.

“A centerpiece of that effort must be ensuring that Israel continues to maintain its qualitative military edge. The United States should help further bolster Israeli air defenses, including to cover Israel’s north, and make it a top priority to develop better tunnel detection technology to prevent arms smuggling and kidnapping. And we need to ensure that a new 10-year defense memorandum of understanding sends a clear message to Israel’s enemies that they will never prevail. But we all know that our common security commitments are about more than lists of weapons or dollars and cents. They are about understanding each other. Acting together. Being on the same page. So let’s expand high-level U.S.-Israel strategic consultations. Bring our best minds together for deeper discussions about enforcing the nuclear deal, countering Iran’s regional ambitions, and developing new defense technologies for the future.

“If Israel and the United States stand shoulder-to-shoulder and present a united front to the region and the world, I am confident we can meet the threats and challenges we face today.

“I was born just a few months before the State of Israel and my generation came of age admiring the talent and tenacity of the Israeli people. We marveled as they coaxed a dream into reality out of the harsh desert soil, and built a thriving, raucous democracy in a region full of adversaries and autocrats determined to push Israel into the sea. We watched a small nation fight fearlessly for its right to exist. And Israel’s pursuit of peace was as inspiring as its prowess in war. It was one of the great honors of my life to call Yitzhak Rabin a friend and to witness that historic handshake on the White House lawn. Many Americans feel a deep emotional connection with Israel. In its story we see some of our own, and the story of all people who struggle for freedom and self-determination. We see a homeland for people long oppressed, and a thriving economy that is a model for how innovation, entrepreneurship, and freedom can deliver prosperity even in unforgiving circumstances. So we are two nations woven together. Lands built by immigrants and exiles seeking to live and worship in freedom, given life by democratic principles, and sustained by the service and sacrifice of generations of patriots.

“Yet even with all this history, even with all our common interests and shared values, none of us can or should take this relationship for granted. With every passing year, we must tie the bonds tighter. Reach out to the next generation, we can bring them with us and do the hard necessary work of friendship. Because there is a new generation in both countries today that does not remember that shared past. Young Americans who didn’t see Israel in a fight for survival again and again. Young Israelis who didn’t see the United States broker peace at Camp David or kindle hope at Oslo or stand behind Israel when it was attacked. They are growing up in a different world. And the future of our relationship depends on building new ties for a new time. Ben Gurion once said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in

miracles.” Well, tonight is the first night of Chanukah, when the Jewish people in Israel and all over the world praise the Almighty for the miracles for the redemption, for the mighty deeds, for the saving acts.

“This season and this moment in history is a time once again for mighty deeds and saving acts. For us to rededicate and renew our great alliance. For us once again to light candles of hope that will shine through the darkness for our peoples and all peoples, if we do it together. Thank you all very much.”


For Immediate Release, December 6, 2015



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RE: The Hill: Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal


Date: 2015-04-19 18:42

Subject: RE: The Hill: Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal

Lol,,,,,Hebrew lessons bro,,,,Hebrew lessons,,,,so they can report what I say,,,,

I agree no issue issue

From: John Podesta []

Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:41 PM

To: Haim Saban

Cc: Hspeumpottsa Abedin (; Laura Hartigan; Alex De Ocampo

Subject: RE: The Hill: Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal

No big deal and not even a small deal. I'm sure it was great in Hebrew.

On Apr 19, 2015 3:01 PM, "Haim Saban" <<>> wrote:

Sorry John meant to cc you,,,,

From: Haim Saban

Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 11:53 AM

To: Laura Hartigan; Alex De Ocampo

Cc: Hspeumpottsa Abedin (<>)

Subject: RE: The Hill: Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal

Huma ,,,,Laura forwarded your enquiry to me.

It was an interview on Israeli TV in Hebrew,,,,,on the day she announced,,,,,,someone took my statement and translated it freely to English,and stated what THEY wanted to state NOT what I said.

Never said that she opposes the deal,,,said” I don’t know and if I knew I couldn’t say”…..they took out the part that said “I don’t know”,,,kept the rest and then concluded that it’s a hint that she opposes,,,,,baloney stuff.,,,,,

All questions that I am asked about policy I simply answer “I don’t know”,,,,,and I just praise her experience courage persistence tenacity etc,,,,no policy discussions.

The Hill needs to go the Hebrew lessons if they want to quote Hebrew interviews.

From: Laura Hartigan

Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 11:43 AM

To: Haim Saban; Alex De Ocampo

Subject: Fwd: The Hill: Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal

Just an FYI.

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

From: Huma Abedin <<>>

Date: April 17, 2015 at 11:53:41 AM PDT

To: <<>>

Subject: FW: The Hill: Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal

Did you guys talk to anyone in comms about this?

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Ian Sams <<>>

Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Subject: The Hill: Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal

To: HRCRR <<>>

April 17, 2015, 06:00 am

Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal

By Naomi Friedman




Just minutes before Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, Israeli Channel One News interviewed Haim Saban, an American-Israeli media magnate and long-time Clinton supporter. Noticeably excited, he explained that she had waited to make the announcement until she had carefully prepared the ground for her campaign.

Then came the big question: What is her position on the Iran deal?


Saban responded carefully, “She will have to, at some stage, express her opinion. But we know that in essence and in every important matter, she is committed to the security of Israel. She is a friend of the State of Israel. And we've seen this over the past 25 to 30 years. So, there won't be any problems with relations between the United States and Israel when Hillary Clinton is president. No problem. On the contrary.”

But Ya’akov Ayalon, the host of the nightly Channel One news pressed on: And where does Hillary Clinton stand on this issue?

"I know where she stands but I can't talk about it," Saban admitted.

"Give me a hint," Ayalon had to ask.

"I hinted to you – that I know," Saban couldn’t repress a laugh. "But I can't reveal to you things that were said behind closed doors. She has an opinion, a very well-defined opinion. And in any case, everything that she thinks and everything she has done and will do will always be for the good of Israel. We don't need to worry about this.”

The implication: Clinton is against the Iran deal.

Why? Because Israelis – across the political spectrum – are against the deal, and Saban knows this. From the extreme left of Zionist parties and partisans to the extreme right, Israelis oppose the deal. For Haaretz reporter Ari Shavit<>, it’s President Obama’s big mistake. Former Prime Minister and head of the Labor Party Ehud Barak came right out and urged the United States to tell Iran to “dismantle or else<>.” Barak said, "The Pentagon and the forces of America under the backing and probable directive of the [US] president [could] create an extremely effective means to destroy the Iranian nuclear military program over a fraction of one night.” And as the former IDF Chief of General Staff and Israeli Minister of Defense, Barak might know a thing or two about this topic.

Barak is not alone. Israelis, across the political spectrum, want the military option on the table – on the negotiating table, where it belongs<>. The debate in Israel is not whether the deal is good. It’s whether Prime Minister Netanyahu is responsible for the bad deal – by spoiling Israel’s relations with the United States, or whether Obama is responsible for the bad deal by virtue of his unrealistic idealism and tendency to over-compromise.

So when Yaakov Ayalon says, “Give me a hint” and Haim Saban says “I hinted to you – that I know,” and just after he’s said “there won’t be any problems with relations between the United States and Israel when Hillary Clinton is president,” that means he is convinced that Hillary Clinton is against the Iran deal.

And this is big news. Israelis have been anxiously waiting for Hillary Clinton to openly state her position on the Iran deal. Congress is the last bastion of hope for Israel. Well before the P5+1 negotiations in Lausanne, Israeli news analysts focused intently on the Corker-Menendez bill. If Hillary Clinton comes out against the deal, more Democrats will join Republicans in demanding that Iran abandon its nuclear ambitions. And this is what Israelis, across the political spectrum, are praying for.

Friedman is an American-Israeli writer and editor in the fields of political science, history, and information technology.


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Fwd: Hillary Clinton Tells Malcolm Hoenlein Wants to Improve Relations With Israel


Date: 2015-03-30 11:55

Subject: Fwd: Hillary Clinton Tells Malcolm Hoenlein Wants to Improve Relations With Israel

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Haim Saban <>

Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Subject: RE: Hillary Clinton Tells Malcolm Hoenlein Wants to Improve

Relations With Israel

To: "Hspeumpottsa Abedin (" <>

Cc: Laura Hartigan <>, Alex De Ocampo <>, "" <>

Also pls be aware that these articles will be mailed to thousands of

people who are interested in the subject matter and who have been asking

themselves ,,,,and me ,many times ”Where is Hillary on this”

Well ,,,,,now they will know.

Adding John .

*From:* Haim Saban

*Sent:* Monday, March 30, 2015 5:56 AM

*To:* Hspeumpottsa Abedin (

*Cc:* Laura Hartigan; Alex De Ocampo

*Subject:* FW: Hillary Clinton Tells Malcolm Hoenlein Wants to Improve

Relations With Israel

Hey Huma.

A very good statement ,,,,,w/o saying anything that would show even a sign

of criticism of the administration.

Very smart and politically correct.

Pls say thanks to the lady.

*Below: NYT & Algemeiner*

Clinton Wants to Improve Ties With Israel


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


told a representative of a group of prominent Jewish leaders on Sunday that

she wanted to put the relationship between the United States and Israel

back on “constructive footing,” the representative said.

Mrs. Clinton’s comments, made in a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein,

executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American

Jewish Organizations, contrasted in tone from recent remarks by members of

the Obama administration, who have publicly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin



of Israel amid tensions over a nuclear deal with Iran and comments Mr.

Netanyahu made in the final days of his re-election campaign this month.

“Secretary Clinton thinks we need to all work together to return the

special U.S.-Israel relationship to constructive footing, to get back to

basic shared concerns and interests, including a two-state solution pursued

through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,” Mr.

Hoenlein said in a statement issued by his organization on Sunday evening.

“We must ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue,” he quoted her

as saying. Mrs. Clinton knows Mr. Hoenlein from her time in the Senate.

A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton confirmed that she had spoken to Mr. Hoenlein,

but would not elaborate on what they had discussed or say if he had quoted

her accurately.

Mrs. Clinton’s comments are her first on the United States- Israeli

relationship to be made public since Mr. Netanyahu’s re-election on March

17, when the strains between the two countries reached their height in the

days surrounding the election. Mr. Netanyahu urged supporters to counter

Israeli Arabs who he said were voting in “droves,” comments widely

criticized as racist


and asserted that no Palestinian


state would be established on his watch, a statement that President Obama


chief of staff, Denis McDonough, called “very troubling.”

After his victory, Mr. Netanyahu backed off both statements. Obama

administration officials have left open the possibility of changing the

United States’ stance on Israel at the United Nations since the

election. Historically, the United States has acted as a shield for

resolutions that Israel found troublesome.

A senior White House official was quoted by The Wall Street Journal

recently suggesting that some in the Obama administration felt “personally

sold out,” after accusations that Israel had spied on negotiations for an

Iran nuclear deal and that those aides could be around for the “next

administration,” a clear reference to a potential Clinton White House.


Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on US-Israel Tensions Under Obama, Calls for

Return of ‘Constructive’ Relationship


March 29, 2015 7:50 pm 65 comments


After weeks of escalating criticism of Israel by the Obama Administration,

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and the leading 2016 Democratic

presidential contender, on Sunday called for the renewal of the “special”

relationship between the US and the Jewish state.

In a telephone conversation with Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman

of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,

Clinton said that she “thinks we need to all work together to return the

special US-Israel relationship to constructive footing, to get back to

basic shared concerns and interests.”

The Secretary said this includes “a two-state solution pursued through

direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.” She further noted

that, “we must ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue.”

Mr. Hoenlein, who initiated the conversation, said that, “Secretary

Clinton’s views are of special importance and timeliness given recent

issues in the US-Israel relationship. We note her call for direct

negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, which, we believe, is the

only possible route to a true peace.”

Clinton’s comments follow weeks of escalating criticisms from the Obama

Administration mainly addressing comments made by Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu days before his reelection earlier this month. The

latest attacks follow a pattern of aggressive language directed towards

Israel’s leaders throughout the Obama presidency which has been marked by a

number of stark policy differences between the Israelis and the White House.

A number of major Jewish leaders have spoken out in recent days, calling on

the White House to tone down its rhetoric and to respect the historic

bipartisan nature of US-Israel relations.

*Explaining the significance of Clinton’s comments Hoenlein told The

Algemeiner, “As the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, her

words are especially significant and impactful.”*

*“We believe that it is particularly important, given the challenges Israel

and the region are facing, that the US and Israel stand together to advance

their shared concerns and interests,” Hoenlein added. “There is too much at

stake to do otherwise.”*

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