Dems’ video on Hillary Clinton as secretary of state highlights Gaza cease-fire, Iran sanctions

Ben Sales

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — A video that will be screened at the Democratic National Convention on Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state highlights her roles in achieving a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and in passing sanctions on Iran.

The five-minute video released Tuesday is titled “67,” as Clinton was the 67th secretary of state, serving from 2009 to 2013. In addition to Iran and Gaza, the video looks at her role in addressing climate change and advocating for women’s rights.

Early on the video shows explosions in Gaza, presumably from Hamas’ 2012 conflict with Israel, before Shimon Peres, then Israel’s president, says “She understands that peace calls for patience.”

The video shows Clinton in the region conducting indirect negotiations, with Egypt, to achieve a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. The cease-fire followed eight days of conflict between the two sides — the second and shortest of three conflicts between Hamas and Israel between 2008 and 2014.

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“The secretary really had steel in her spine, and stood up, and the conflict stopped, and a wider war was averted,” Jake Sullivan, former director of policy planning for the State Department, says in the video.

The third segment of the video says that Clinton, now the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, was instrumental in convincing global powers to enact sanctions on Iran in opposition to its nuclear program. The video says the sanctions were crucial in getting Iran to negotiate the international agreement on its nuclear program signed last year.

The agreement, which Clinton supports, was strenuously opposed by the Israeli government and American Jewish groups. Clinton has vowed to enforce the agreement and ensure Iran does not violate it.