Presidential Election Cheat Sheet: Carly Fiorina and Israel

August 26, 2015

2 min read

Carly Fiorina is a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and former Chairwoman of the CIA External Advisory Board. In 2010, she ran for the United States Senate as a Republican candidate from California. While Fiorina won the Republican nomination, she lost the general election. Not allowing the loss to sideline her political aspirations, Fiorina is currently running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. She is the only female GOP contender in the race.

Here are her stances on a range of issues of importance to Israel:

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

During a debate while running for Senate in 2010, Fiorina offered her position on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, including the status of Jerusalem. “The peace process ultimately must include a two-state solution,” she said. “However, I do not support the notion that Jerusalem should be a divided capital.”

In a separate 2010 interview, Fiorina criticized US President Barack Obama for negating prior peace agreements and the ultimate status of Jerusalem. According to the presidential candidate, it was a “mistake” that the Obama administration took such unprecedented harsh opposition to approved Israeli construction in Each Jerusalem, adding that it hurt the US’ relations with Israel.

“That particular part of East Jerusalem was part of what Ariel Sharon negotiated with the United States…[Sharon] basically said that these parts of East Jerusalem shouldn’t be up for discussion or grabs when we get to a two-state solution.”

Carly Fiorina on Israel


In an April 2015 opinion piece for Fox News, the former HP CEO expressed her opposition to the nuclear deal negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran, calling it “a grave threat to American security at home and abroad.”

After the deal was signed this past July, Fiorina told CBS This Morning that the US caved many times” during negotiations. “If you want a good deal, you’ve got to walk away sometimes,” she added.

Fiorina expressed her belief that the deal was negotiated in an atmosphere that heavily favored the Iranians, with China and Russia actively helping Iran. She criticized negotiators from France, Britain and Germany who, according to Fiorina, have a history of negotiating “frankly, a number of weak deals.”

The GOP candidate has also expressed her concerns regarding the implementation of the nuclear accord. In light of Iran’s history of cheating or outright refusing inspections of its nuclear facilities, Fiorina has said that “there’s no real guarantee right now that they’re going to play fair.”

US-Israel Relations

Fiorina has said repeatedly that bolstering relations between the US and Israel are of utmost importance. In April, Fiorina explained in a radio interview that current tensions with Israel are “in no small measure due to President Obama.”

Following her announcement of candidacy in May, Fiorina, when asked what she would do on her first day in office, said that her first phone call would be to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm America’s commitment to Israel. “This administration has made the world a more dangerous place by the way they have treated Israel,” she said.

Israel’s Right to Self-Defense/Security

In the same April radio interview, Fiorina criticized the Obama administration for “engaging in moral equivalence,” comparing “what Hamas does to what the Israeli state is doing to protect its citizens.”

As a current presidential candidate, Fiorina has vowed to ensure Israel’s right to self defense. Similar sentiments were expressed in her 2010 Senate campaign, which according to the campaign website, Fiorina promised to make it her “priority” to “defend the State of Israel” and will “consistently protect and uphold [Israel’s] right to self-defense.”

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