November 2, 2009
Clarifyi ng her previous clarifications, Hillary Clinton, fearless US Secretary of State now is telling the world that she really didn't mean to be so effusive about Netanyahu, the Israeli PM's stand on settlements.
Are you confused?
Well, officially the US position, from the mouth of the President is that further settlements, to include expansion of existing ones, are illegal, and contrary to US positions and UN resolutions. That was, of course, u ntil Netanyahu stated that he didn't really care about our or the UN position and would continue to build them.
In short order, the US position--according to Hillary-- was that his (Netanyahu's) decision to perhaps limit, in the future, some settlements was 'unprecedented' and should form the basis for further negotiations.
What happened next is classic Hillary. The Palestinians went crazy--felt insulted--and the Egyptian President and the Jordanian King met in Egypt with the Palestinians to discuss the matter. Hillary was in Morocco thinking she was negotiating the Palestinian future, but quickly found out that they weren't listening to her rhetoric.
SOOO, Hillary again changed gears and now clarifies her postion, says Bloomberg today in its editions. “I think President Obama was absolutely clear,” she said in an interview on Al Jazeera. “He wanted a halt to all settlement activity. And perhaps those of us who work with him and for him could have been clearer in communicating that that is his policy, that is what we’re committed to doing.”
She clarified her remarks AFTER she left Israel (Can't piss of Netanyahu or he will sic the AIPAC on Obama and his cronies). Of course, Obama isn't much better. While Hillary said last May only a complete construction halt in the West Bank would be acceptable, in the last month, Obama referred only to “restraint” in settlement activity, not a “freeze.” So it seems they both had changed positions to suit the Netanyahu remarks.
VOA Reported her as saying, "We are committed to a two-state solution and we are determined and persistent in the pursuit of that goal," she said. "It is important that we all work toward that objective. And, I think that does require that all parties should be careful about what we say, the kind of recriminations that are so understandable. But we need to work together in a constructive spirit toward this shared goal of a comprehensive peace." Imagine that--being careful about what one says--it seems with her only to apply to the Palestinians.
VOA also reported that Clinton believes that the American commitment to the peace process is understood by Arab leaders. She thinks that, with their support, the process can move forward, despite what she calls the difficult and tangled history that too often prevents progress.
"We can maintain an allegiance to the past. But we cannot change the past. No matter what we say about it, it is behind us," said Clinton. "Or we can work together and follow the vision and the inspiration of President Obama to help shape a future that will be so much better for the children of both Palestinian and Israeli families."
Let's all work together Hillary--but perhaps the US should be an honest broker instead of a syncophant for Israel.