GOP NY seeks to revive a Clinton-Arafat encounter

NEW YORK: Renewed tensions in the Middle East have provided the Republicans with a last-gasp opportunity to discredit Hillary Clinton in the last weeks of the New York Senate Race.

NEW YORK: Renewed tensions in the Middle East have provided the Republicans with a last-gasp opportunity to discredit Hillary Clinton in the last weeks of the New York Senate Race.

NEW YORK: Renewed tensions in the Middle East have provided the Republicans with a last-gasp opportunity to discredit Hillary Clinton in the last weeks of the New York Senate Race.

The State Republican Committee has prepared a bumper crop of mailers intended to exploit the fears of Jewish voters following the violent breakdown of the Israeli peace process. The letters, to be sent specifically to Jewish voters in New York, feature the already much-publicized picture of Hillary Clinton embracing Yasser Arafat's wife, Suha, last fall.

According to party officials, the mailing was put together without the aid of Mrs Clinton's GOP rival, Rick Lazio, or his campaign aides, and is not so much an election year tactic as an 'informational' initiative.

Dan Allen, communications director for the State Republican Committee, claimed that the intention was to remind voters that Mrs Clinton 'isn't somebody you can believe. She called for a Palestinian state and then changed her mind when she decided to run for the Senate in New York. She constantly says one thing and does another.'

Mr Allen went on to say that Hillary Clinton 'does not have the support of the Jewish Community'. Recent polls, however, show that she does - albeit marginally.

A Marist poll taken Friday October 13 gives Mrs. Clinton 54% of the Jewish vote, an electorate that is considered critical for any candidate - but particularly a Democrat - running in the state.

The controversy in question arose last Fall when Mrs. Clinton sat through a speech given by Mrs Arafat in which the wife of the Palestinian leader leveled unsubstantiated accusations at Israelis, including the alleged use of poisonous gas on Palestinian children.

Hillary Clinton has been repeatedly criticized for initially allowing the accusations to go unchallenged, and then kissing Mrs Arafat on the cheek following the address. The first lady later claimed she was not aware of the content of Mrs Arafat's address, which was delivered in Arabic.



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