From NBC's Wendy Jones
Earlier this morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a sympathetic, but subtly tough, message to Israel in her 47 minute-long speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) conference in DC. Two topics received emphasis: 1) preventing Iran from becoming a state with nuclear weapons, and 2) encouraging peace and moderation in the Middle East.
Clinton stressed the United States' long history of support for Israel. "The relationship between the U.S. and Israel has never been more important," she said. "The U.S. has long recognized that a strong Israel is vital to our own strategic interests... The forces that threaten Israel also threaten the United States."
She also said this: "As Israel's friend it is our responsibility to give credit when it is due and to tell the truth when needed."
And: "This Administration will always stand up for Israel's right to defend itself... And for Israel there is no greater strategic threat than the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran."