Hillary e-mail exchange debated kick-starting Palestinian protests to pressure Israel

posted at 4:41 pm on January 11, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Remember former ambassador Thomas Pickering? The State Department chose Pickering to review the events surrounding the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi as chair of the so-called Accountability Review Board. Its report amounted to a whitewash for Hillary Clinton, blaming lower-level career officials for failures in security, only later to be debunked by whistleblower testimony. Pickering makes a surprising and disturbing reappearance in Hillary’s secret e-mail system in a fine catch by the Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo, in which he encourages Hillary to foment protests by Palestinians as a way to pressure Benjamin Netanyahu to move off the “status quo.”

Pickering wanted a game-changer. He may have belatedly provided one:

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her then-advisers to foment unrest among Palestinian citizens and spark protests in order to push the Israeli government back to the negotiating table, according to emails released as part of the investigation into the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s private email server.

In a Dec, 18, 2011, email, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering suggested that Clinton consider a plan to restart then-stalled peace negotiations by kickstarting Palestinian demonstrations against Israel.

Pickering described the effort as a potential “game changer in the region,” recommending that the United States undertake a clandestine campaign to generate unrest. Clinton requested that his email be printed.

“What will change the situation is a major effort to use non-violent protests and demonstrations to put peace back in the center of people’s aspirations as well as their thoughts, and use that to influence the political leadership,” Pickering wrote.

Pickering addressed the letter to Hillary’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills, who promptly forwarded it to her boss. Hillary sent the note to aide Monica Hanley with the instruction to “Pls print,” presumably for further review. Hanley made news earlier this week for a dressing-down she received from Hillary in one e-mail exchange for misinforming her of the name of an ambassador, although it turned out that she had been given bad information by others in State about Tunisia’s Rafik Abdessalem.

In case no one already knew this, Pickering emphasized the need for covert action:

pickering-palestinians

Gee, I wonder how many other foreign protests were facilitated by the State Department? Were any others sparked against American allies in that region? One has to wonder after reading this how much the State Department might have had to do with some of the “Arab Spring” protests, too. (In fact, at one point Pickering says that the effort must be “just like Tahrir Square,” a mention that might interest our allies in Egypt.) This e-mail thread doesn’t indicate whether Hillary took Pickering’s advice, but she certainly appeared to take it under advisement. And while the e-mail itself wasn’t classified, it’s yet another example of how these kinds of communications can harm American interests when transmitted in the open. This would be enough to create a massive backlash among our allies, and in fact may still do so.

Pickering emphasizes that Hillary should work with women in the territories to minimize the chance of the protests turning violent. That’s a risky bet anywhere in the region, but particularly in this part of the world. Pickering seems more worried about a violent Israeli response — “the chances are much less that force would be misused against them,” but Pickering later writes that “the dangers are not small” of an Israeli overreaction. It apparently never occurs to him that this kind of protest might make for a convenient screen for more violent forces in the West Bank and Gaza, in an attempt to force the Israelis to react and then get castigated for their response. Some allies, eh?

This exchange confirms the tendency of the Obama administration to treat Israel with arrogance, if not outright hostility. This e-mail doesn’t raise legal issues, but it raises serious political issues, especially for Hillary Clinton’s orientation toward Israel and the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran in 2009. When protesters filled the streets in Iran, peacefully demonstrating against a rigged election and demanding an end to the mullahcracy, Obama and the White House went out of their way to ignore it, even at one point accepting the results of the election. The Green Revolution faltered and failed thanks to Obama’s desire to gain a meaningless and dangerous agreement that will all but certify Iran as a nuclear-weapons state. Where was Pickering then? And for that matter, where was Hillary Clinton?

 


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Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her then-advisers to foment unrest among Palestinian citizens

Sounds about like her brilliant Bengazi plan…

Voodoo Chile on January 11, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Anyone doubt that Bibi read the email before Hillary?

xkaydet65 on January 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM

More Smart Power®!!!

VelvetElvis on January 11, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Anyone doubt that Bibi read the email before Hillary?

xkaydet65 on January 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM

If it was on her server so did the Russians, Chinese and just about every intelligence agency in the world.

RickB on January 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM

They’ve taken the Rahm Emanuel doctrine “You never let a serious crisis go to waste” to the next level. Not terribly surprising.

And while the e-mail itself wasn’t classified,

Why not? Seriously, speculative & inflammatory policy discussions like this should be classified.

Fenris on January 11, 2016 at 4:54 PM

This exchange confirms the tendency of the Obama administration to treat Israel with arrogance, if not outright hostility. This e-mail doesn’t raise legal issues, but it raises serious political issues, especially for Hillary Clinton’s orientation toward Israel and the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran in 2009. When protesters filled the streets in Iran, peacefully demonstrating against a rigged election and demanding an end to the mullahcracy, Obama and the White House went out of their way to ignore it, even at one point accepting the results of the election. The Green Revolution faltered and failed thanks to Obama’s desire to gain a meaningless and dangerous agreement that will all but certify Iran as a nuclear-weapons state. Where was Pickering then? And for that matter, where was Hillary Clinton?

Given the animosity towards Israel, I wouldn’t have been surprised if this suggestion didn’t originate with either Susan Rice or Samantha Power.

It’s an interesting insight into the mind of someone who covets and relishes power for the simple sake of using it as a cudgel to advance one’s common agenda. It demonstrates the same intellectual, moral, and ethical bankruptcy as it takes to deny a terror attack and instead blame the carnage and deaths of 4 American’s on an obscure video that was considered disrespectful to Islam….an acceptance of the validity of ‘the ends justifies the means’.

No, there hasn’t been a more contemptuous, callous, or craven Administration in the history of the US than the Obama Administration. No wonder our friends are no longer as friendly as they once were given how shabbily this Administration, and it’s advisers, think they should be treated. Or how our enemies are empowered, enabled, and encouraged.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Geez Louise
SMH

Crickets the entire day on Hillary

Good lapdogs

cmsinaz on January 11, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Hard to believe Jews vote for them.

cimbri on January 11, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Reward our enemies and punish our friends.

-The Hussein doctrine.

antipc on January 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Gawd, Pickering has lost his integrity…again.

jake49 on January 11, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Hillery and her lying, conniving thugs are a national disgrace.

rplat on January 11, 2016 at 5:06 PM

What … nobody?

Okay, I’ll do it:

With friends like these you don’t need enemies!

Lance Corvette on January 11, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Thomas Pickering and Mike Mullen. Hillary’s poodles.

butch on January 11, 2016 at 5:08 PM

LOL. Wonderful idea. Sure way to get some crazies killed.

Nomennovum on January 11, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Where was Pickering then? And for that matter, where was Hillary Clinton?

Uh, on board, most likely.

BKeyser on January 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Tears welled in the eyes of the Assyrian Army commander fighting to protect Christian communities from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria when he reached the section of the Arlington National Cemetery where American service members who died in the name of Iraqi freedom have been laid to rest.

Emmanuel Khoshaba Youkhana, commander of the Christian Assyrian Army, primarily based in Iraq, visited the national cemetery Friday during the last day of his visit to the United States.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/11/christian-assyrian-army-chief-visits-arlington-national-cemetery-to-honor-u-s-troops-who-sacrificed-their-souls-for-iraqi-freedom/

IDontCair on January 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM

This would probably qualify as an important story, if we had a press Corp that reported news.

Racistanyway on January 11, 2016 at 5:11 PM

Openly criminal, openly corrupt, openly evil….

ScottG on January 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Speaking of Benghazi, did Hillary encourage protests, but they turned out to be a military attack? Does she know more here than we knew? Whole new can of worms here? And, speaking of Tahrir Square, Mr. Pickering, was that not the site of atfacks on women, including Lora Logan? Is that what you wanted? This sounds as though Hillary was doing much more than flying a million miles.

Techster64 on January 11, 2016 at 5:20 PM

How can any of Hilary’s emails be redacted? If they need to be redacted they undermine the premise she didn’t use email for classified info.

byepartisan on January 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM

I hope she suffered every damn day of her marriage to Bill. I hope this woman has never enjoyed anything, not food, a sunset, or a bouquet of flowers and that she is fully, painfully, aware of just how ugly she is.

vityas on January 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Tlaloc is happy. He hates Israel as much as he loves Hillary.

Neitherleftorright on January 11, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Pickering, Pickering…isn’t he the friend of that professor in Pygmalion?

jake49 on January 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM

I don’t think democratic administration’s worry to much about a couple of thousand murdered jews but don’t worry,they will still donate to elect Hillary

IXXINY on January 11, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Openly criminal, openly corrupt, openly evil….

ScottG on January 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Openly protected.

IDontCair on January 11, 2016 at 5:33 PM

BLM,OCCUPY WALLSTREET ST,PALESTINIAN PROTEST,
Nothing is off the table when Thier power is threatened
Killing cops while screaming Aluh Akbar doesn’t even have anything to do with Islam

IXXINY on January 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

How can any of Hilary’s emails be redacted? If they need to be redacted they undermine the premise she didn’t use email for classified info.

byepartisan on January 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM

That’s a mic drop right there.

WitchDoctor on January 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Pickering went out to foment protests against our ally, Israel, for what? What could we possibly get from the Palestinians, which four Presidents (Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama) failed to obtain?

It would be a GREAT idea to invite Netanyahu to give a televised speech before Congress next October. With “friends” like Hillary, Bibi doesn’t need any more enemies.

Steve Z on January 11, 2016 at 5:45 PM

(In fact, at one point Pickering says that the effort must be “just like Tahrir Square,” a mention that might interest our allies in Egypt.)

Bingo!

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM

How do they do that? You Tube video?

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM

So our State Department may have engineered the ouster of Egypts President to install theMuslim Brotherhood
Explains Huma.

Lonetown on January 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

By protests she means stabbing people, throwing rocks, killing Joos??? What a B.!

Blake on January 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her then-advisers to foment unrest among Palestinian citizens and spark protests in order to push the Israeli government back to the negotiating table, according to emails released as part of the investigation into the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s private email server.

So the Democrat Presidential front runner seriously considered conducting covert protests by State sponsored Terrorists against a legitimately elected government who is/was/used to be our Ally.

Uh, I will take Act of War for $2,000 Alex.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

The best of Foggy Bottom. Built in the swamps along the Potomac and a source of worldwide pestilence for decades.
The Swamp Queen is responsible for many fold more deaths than Booosh or any leader since LBJ.
And yet with corruption not seen since Tea Pot Dome, her support among Gimmedats remains strong.
The Wheels of Justice move slowly and there is hope that one day they will grind her bones into dust.

Missilengr on January 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

All of this would be much more fun if we could hear the excuses from the Naughty Librarian. Where the hell is she, anyway?

BobMbx on January 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Gee, I wonder how many other foreign protests were facilitated by the State Department? Were any others sparked against American allies in that region?

Key Word: Black Lives Matter

/Obama didn’t just meddle around in Israel, he’s meddled right here at home. And in Benghazi, Germany, England, France, Russia, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the list goes on.

Obama was elected by SOROS to create CHAOS. He created the CHAOS but now they can’t find a solution to contain it.

“I Hope He Fails”
/Rush Limbaugh –

Key West Reader on January 11, 2016 at 6:27 PM

In fact, at one point Pickering says that the effort must be “just like Tahrir Square,” a mention that might interest our allies in Egypt.

Has anyone made note of this at the NYT or WaPo?

Oops. Nobody there but Hillary’s trained monkeys.

talkingpoints on January 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

“What will change the situation is a major effort to use non-violent protests and demonstrations to put peace back in the center of people’s aspirations as well as their thoughts, and use that to influence the political leadership,” Pickering wrote.

Because if there’s one thing the Palestinians are known for – it’s non-violent protests and demonstrations.

Hill60 on January 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

So our State Department may have engineered the ouster of Egypts President to install theMuslim Brotherhood
Explains Huma.

Lonetown on January 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

And Obama, and Jarrett, and Clinton, and Soros, and Debbie Washyerfaceplease Schultz, et al.

This is why the fear Trump so much. He’s going to blow the lid off this corrupt US Government and nobody can stop him. And, I’m not surprised to see Obama throwing Hillary under the bus. He always hated her cankles and I’m sure he resenting Bill Clinton saying “yo, a few years ago he’d be fetching us some coffee”…

No matter what happens it seems like it is too late.

Key West Reader on January 11, 2016 at 6:31 PM

This is repulsive.

I’m getting closer to only be willing to vote for Trump or Cruz.

The corruption in DC and the media is appalling.

talkingpoints on January 11, 2016 at 6:40 PM

for reasons you will understand better than anyone

Why would she understand “better than anyone”? That’s a phrase you use when someone has personal experience.

How many times has Hillary done this before?

phelps on January 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Openly criminal, openly corrupt, openly evil….

ScottG on January 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Still not in prison and openly seeking the highest office in the land. America really is the land of opportunity.

Yakko77 on January 11, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Who’da thunk back in 2008 that this administration would be so openly, intentionally and successfully bad for America? So completely and on every level?

Sure I felt that Obama (and friends) would have a negative impact on America. But I was mostly thinking in a domestic sense, and never to the level they’ve achieved.

But I never expected them to be so openly supporting towards those who wish to do us harm while trying to so completely undermine our allies.

It’s possible this helps explain why many on the left refuse to believe anything negative about those they support. If I saw half of these headlines we’re seeing today, back in 2008, I’d have surely thought them to be some sort of creative fiction.

Oxymoron on January 11, 2016 at 7:01 PM

It’s time to abolish the State Department. Transform it into a passport office. They have been working for the other side for far too long.

Blain on January 11, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Hillary doesn’t think JEWISH LIVES MATTER.

Lee Jan on January 11, 2016 at 7:28 PM

So our State Department may have engineered the ouster of Egypts President to install theMuslim Brotherhood
Explains Huma.

Lonetown on January 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

or more importantly, the ouster of the duly elected president of Ukraine.

avi natan on January 11, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Second look at the Benghazi “peaceful protest”?

Yeah, I know. I can’t even fathom a reason for actually prodding a staged peaceful protest there, even if it did go south on them, so it sounds crazy. But these folks are crazy and who the hell knows what they are really up most of the time.

I still would like to know what Ambassador Patterson was doing in DC when the embassy was attacked in Egypt.

Dusty on January 11, 2016 at 7:43 PM

I can’t even fathom a reason for actually prodding a staged peaceful protest there, even if it did go south on them, so it sounds crazy. But these folks are crazy and who the hell knows what they are really up most of the time.

Dusty on January 11, 2016 at 7:43 PM

One need to look no further than our own backyard. How crazy would you have to be to think fast & furious was a good idea?

And yeah, it’s very scary to think what and how much they’re doing that we DON’T know about.

Oxymoron on January 11, 2016 at 9:16 PM

Yet 70% of American Jews vote democrat. Self hating and suicidal much?

Exninja on January 11, 2016 at 10:02 PM

An Executive branch filled with Community Agitators. A host of 1960s flower children led by an Alinsky-ite bred Agitator-In-Chief. Gee, who would have thought it.

Carnac on January 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

Anyone doubt that Bibi read the email before Hillary?

xkaydet65 on January 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Well, he’s certainly read it now.

So the Democrat Presidential front runner seriously considered conducting covert protests by State sponsored Terrorists against a legitimately elected government who is/was/used to be our Ally.

Uh, I will take Act of War for $2,000 Alex.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Recall that Obama had no qualms about contributing to anti-Bibi candidates in one of Israel’s elections (maybe all of them).

Way too many good comments to high-light them all.
This is a good exchange though, sort of based on the elements in this graf in the post.

One has to wonder after reading this how much the State Department might have had to do with some of the “Arab Spring” protests, too. (In fact, at one point Pickering says that the effort must be “just like Tahrir Square,” a mention that might interest our allies in Egypt.) This e-mail thread doesn’t indicate whether Hillary took Pickering’s advice, but she certainly appeared to take it under advisement. And while the e-mail itself wasn’t classified, it’s yet another example of how these kinds of communications can harm American interests when transmitted in the open. This would be enough to create a massive backlash among our allies, and in fact may still do so.

Why would she understand “better than anyone”? That’s a phrase you use when someone has personal experience.

How many times has Hillary done this before?

phelps on January 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM

“What will change the situation is a major effort to use non-violent protests and demonstrations to put peace back in the center of people’s aspirations as well as their thoughts, and use that to influence the political leadership,” Pickering wrote.

Because if there’s one thing the Palestinians are known for – it’s non-violent protests and demonstrations.

Hill60 on January 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

AesopFan on January 12, 2016 at 12:06 AM

How can any of Hilary’s emails be redacted? If they need to be redacted they undermine the premise she didn’t use email for classified info.

byepartisan on January 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM

That’s a mic drop right there.

WitchDoctor on January 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Who’da thunk back in 2008 that this administration would be so openly, intentionally and successfully bad for America? So completely and on every level?

Sure I felt that Obama (and friends) would have a negative impact on America. But I was mostly thinking in a domestic sense, and never to the level they’ve achieved.

But I never expected them to be so openly supporting towards those who wish to do us harm while trying to so completely undermine our allies.

It’s possible this helps explain why many on the left refuse to believe anything negative about those they support.
If I saw half of these headlines we’re seeing today, back in 2008, I’d have surely thought them to be some sort of creative fiction.

Oxymoron on January 11, 2016 at 7:01 PM

AesopFan on January 12, 2016 at 12:07 AM

They’ve taken the Rahm Emanuel doctrine “You never let a serious crisis go to waste” to the next level. Not terribly surprising.
Fenris on January 11, 2016 at 4:54 PM

And if there isn’t a crisis to hand, create one yourself.

It apparently never occurs to him that this kind of protest might make for a convenient screen for more violent forces in the West Bank and Gaza, in an attempt to force the Israelis to react and then get castigated for their response. Some allies, eh?

These people are totally insane.

AesopFan on January 12, 2016 at 12:09 AM

Emmanuel Khoshaba Youkhana, commander of the Christian Assyrian Army, primarily based in Iraq, visited the national cemetery Friday during the last day of his visit to the United States.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/11/christian-assyrian-army-chief-visits-arlington-national-cemetery-to-honor-u-s-troops-who-sacrificed-their-souls-for-iraqi-freedom/

IDontCair on January 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM

They sacrificed their lives, not their souls.

The Assyrian commander gets it right.

“I want to show appreciation on behalf of the Christian communities in Iraq’s Assyrian Nineveh Plain for the sacrifice that the United States made to liberate our country and for the souls of those soldiers who lost their lives to give Iraqis a good life and democracy,” Cmdr. Youkhana told Breitbart News, as tears ran down his face.

The way Obama and Clinton are undercutting Israel will have negative repercussions going forward, but their neglect and even abandonment of the Middle East Christians is despicable.

The ones who have lost their souls are the Clintons and the other power-grabbing vermin.

AesopFan on January 12, 2016 at 12:15 AM

Too many have gotten used to the foul Cleentone smell – it is now apparently considered to emanate from a delicious elixir….

RL on January 12, 2016 at 5:17 AM