Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke on Monday morning at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington D.C. The Democratic frontrunner highlighted the importance of the US-Israel alliance, and demanded an end to the Palestinian Authority's incitement against Israel and celebration of terrorists.
"These attacks must end immediately, and Palestinian leaders must stop inciting violence, stop celebrating terrorists as martyrs, and stop paying rewards to their families."
Referencing the recent terror wave in Israel, Clinton spoke of "brutal terror attacks" including stabbing attacks.
Clinton repeatedly condemned incitement in the Palestinian Authority, but also linked support for terrorism and construction in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
"Terrorism should never be encouraged or celebrated, and children should not be taught to hate in schools, that poison's the future," she said. But, Clinton continued, "Everyone has to do their part by avoiding damaging actions, including with respect to settlements."
The former First Lady emphasized her support for Israel, distancing herself from Obama's handling of the US-Israel relationship. Clinton promised to make Israel one of her top priorities as president, and to coordinate more closely with the Israeli government.
"One of the first things I'll do in office is invite the Israeli Prime Minister to visit the White House. and I will send a delegation from the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs to Israel for early consultations."
Amid reports that the White House is considering dramatic moves to force a reboot of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including possible use of a United Nations Security Council Resolution, Clinton condemned outside efforts to foist a final status framework on Israel.
"I would vigorously oppose any attempt by outside parties to impose a solution, including by the UN Security Council," Clinton said to thunderous applause, receiving a standing ovation.
Clinton also took a swipe at Republican presidential contender Donald Trump over his comments ahead of February's South Carolina primary when the New York billionaire pledged to be "neutral" towards Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
"Yes, we need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday, and who knows what on Wednesday because "everything's negotiable", quoting one of Trump's trademark lines. "Well my friends, Israel's security is non-negotiable."