Hillary Clinton released a long statement Tuesday night emphasizing her support for the newly-introduced Iran nuclear deal, and stressing the role she played in the negotiations as well as her support for Israel.
The former secretary of State took credit for her role in the long-winded negotiations that led up to the eventual deal, implying that the path to peace with Iran began with her 2012 State Department talks in Oman.
"As secretary of State, I logged tens of thousands of miles and twisted a lot of arms to build a global coalition to impose the most crippling sanctions in history. That unprecedented pressure delivered a blow to Iran's economy and gave us leverage at the negotiating table, starting in Oman in 2012," Clinton said.
She added, "I know from experience what it took to build a global effort to get this done; I know what it will take to rally our partners to enforce it."
Iran holding a nuclear weapon would pose a tremendous threat to Israel, the United States' greatest ally in the Middle East. Hours after the deal was announced, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out in strong opposition to the deal.
While Clinton said she supports the deal, she also said the United States must work to keep the Jewish state safe, and said she would remain a strong ally to Israel.
"Israel has to be confident that the United States will always ensure its Qualitative Military Edge in the region and its capacity to defend itself by itself," Clinton said.
In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress, warning that the path to an Iranian bomb was devastatingly dangerous for both Israel and the United States. Obama opposed Netanyahu's speech, and did not visit with the Israeli leader while he was in Washington, a move that received much criticism from the American pro-Israel community. Clinton promised that she would do better than Obama if elected, and call a meeting with the Israeli leader early in her presidency.
"As president, I would invite the senior Israeli leadership to Washington for early talks on further strengthening our alliance," she said.
Clinton also cautioned that even with the newly proposed agreement, the United States still faces grave challenges enforcing its terms, and said as president she would "use every tool in our arsenal to compel rigorous Iranian compliance." She further urged that America must now raise costs for Iran's destabilizing activities and push the return of U.S. citizens held in Iranian prisons, while strengthening security cooperation with U.S. allies in the region.