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Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, speaking Friday night at the Saban Forum at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C, said she believes that "no deal" with Iran over its nuclear program "is better than a bad deal."
"A deal that veritably closes all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon…is what is at the center of this negotiation,” Clinton said.
Clinton continued and said that she believes the interim agreement with Iran has halted its nuclear progress, and that any deal with Iran should make clear what the consequences of any breach would be.
Quoting former British leader Winston Churchill, Clinton said in regards to the Iranian negotiations that it is "better to jaw jaw than to war war."
Clinton also said that the US government made a mistake to not speak up more strongly during the 2009 Green Revolution, which saw large numbers of Iranians demonstrate for democracy in Iran.
With regard to Israel-US relations, Clinton advised to "forget about the press coverage:look at the close cooperation and what this administration has done with respect to Israel's security," including the US funding for Israel's Iron Dome System.
"No one can argue with this administrations commitment to Israel," said Clinton, adding that "We are two raucous democracies, and sometimes we get carried away."