Clinton privately questioned Palestine elections, used term ‘Islamo-facism’

An audio recording of Hillary Clinton’s interview with the Jewish Press editorial board from September 2006 in New York was released Friday, highlighting controversial remarks the former First lady made about America’s role in Palestinian elections.

The comments were held on an audio cassette by a publication editor and staff writer, Eli Chomsky.  Mr. Chomsky handed the sound to Observer, an online news outlet whose publisher, Jared Kushner, is Donald Trump’s son-in-law.

At the time of the interview, Clinton running was running for reelection as New York’s junior senator and Palestine had just conducted parliamentary elections eight months prior. Fundamentalist political party Hamas won a majority of legislative seats that year over the secular Fatahs, the latter favored by western democratic countries including the U.S.

“I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories,” Clinton told the board. “And if were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”

After the January 2006 elections, then-President George W. Bush called Palestine’s efforts the, “power of democracy.”

Mrs. Clinton also spoke candidly about Syrian relations, a country which in 2006 had yet to devolve into chaos and civil war, and global terrorism.

The New York senator said it never “hurts to talk to people,” referring to Damascus, and brought up the example of the Soviet Union, who the U.S. “for 40 years. . . . never stopped talking to”.

Perhaps more relevant to the 2016 presidential election, Clinton also made comments about how to combat terrorism around the world.

“Whether you call it ‘Islamic terrorism’ or ‘Islamo-facism’, whatever the label is we’re going to give to this phenomenon, it’s a threat,” she said. “It’s a global threat. . . . Therefore we need a global response. . . . That can be the, sort of, statement of principle”.

According to internal campaign documents released by WikiLeaks Sunday, Oct. 16, debate prep notes for Clinton suggest the candidate label terrorists as “radical jihadists”, instead of using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” as Donald Trump prefers.

The memo, which was written shortly after the San Bernardino mass shooting in December 2015, went on to say that “of course there are those who twist Islam to justify mass murder. But we can’t buy into the same narrative that these barbaric, radical jihadists use to recruit new followers.”

After the Orlando nightclub shooting in June, however, Clinton said publicly that, “Whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I’m happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing.”

Listen to then-Senator Clinton talk about Palestine’s 2006 elections below:


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