Secretary Clinton delivered remarks at the American Jewish Committee's Annual Gala Dinner on April 29, 2010.
The Secretary highlighted the American Jewish Committee's work for Jewish people across the world. She said, "This organization for more than a century has been a voice for the aspirations of the Jewish people for a secure and democratic homeland. We saw the pictures flashing before us on the screen -- the faces of those who have made Israel their home and those who have made America our home. You have fought for the core values that make this country great -- equality and religious freedom, civil rights and women's rights, a freer, fairer nation in which every child has the opportunity to live up to his or her God-given potential."
The Secretary spoke of the United States' commitment to a two-state solution. She said, "Regional peace must begin with the recognition by every party that the United States will always stand behind Israel's security and, as President Obama put it recently, “no wedge will be driven between us. Now, we will have our differences, but when we do, we will work to resolve them as close allies.” Israel's right to exist, and to defend itself, is not negotiable. And no lasting peace will be possible unless that fact is accepted.
"But similarly, Palestinians must have a state of their own. They must be able to travel, conduct business, govern themselves, and enjoy the dignity of a sovereign people. There can be no equivocating on this either.
"And the only way to achieve a two-state solution is through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. So we will do everything we can to support such negotiations. We are literally working around the clock to move forward with proximity talks, which we hope then will set the stage for a resumption of direct negotiations on all permanent status issues as soon as possible.
"We believe that through good-faith negotiations the parties can agree to an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the '67 lines, with agreed swaps, and Israel's goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israel's security requirements."
See the Secretary's full remarks here.