Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the public criticism of Israel is unfair and in large part due to anti-semitism.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate made the comments in an interview with Atlantic:
It is striking ... that you have more than 170,000 people dead in Syria. ... You have Russia massing battalions - Russia, that actually annexed and is occupying part of a UN member-state - and I fear that it will do even more to prevent the incremental success of the Ukrainian government to take back its own territory, other than Crimea. More than 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine on both sides, not counting the [Malaysia Airlines] plane, and yet we do see this enormous international reaction against Israel, and Israel's right to defend itself, and the way Israel has to defend itself. This reaction is uncalled for and unfair.
She said anti-Semitism could very likely be driving the criticism:
You can't ever discount anti-Semitism, especially with what's going on in Europe today. There are more demonstrations against Israel by an exponential amount than there are against Russia seizing part of Ukraine and shooting down a civilian airliner. So there's something else at work here than what you see on TV.