Secretary Clinton Speaks on the Middle East Peace Process

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 20, 2010

Earlier today, Secretary Clinton briefed reporters on the Middle East Peace Process. She was joined by Special Envoy for Middle East Peace Talks Senator George Mitchell.

Secretary Clinton said, "Since the beginning of this Administration, we have worked with the Israelis and Palestinians and our international partners to advance the cause of comprehensive peace in the Middle East, including a two-state solution which ensures security and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians. The President and I are encouraged by the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas and fully share their commitment to the goal of two states -- Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.

"...As we move forward, it is important that actions by all sides help to advance our effort, not hinder it. There have been difficulties in the past; there will be difficulties ahead. Without a doubt, we will hit more obstacles. The enemies of peace will keep trying to defeat us and to derail these talks. But I ask the parties to persevere, to keep moving forward even through difficult times, and to continue working to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region.

"As we have said before, these negotiations should take place without preconditions and be characterized by good faith and a commitment to their success, which will bring a better future to all of the people of the region."

You can read the full text of her remarks here.

The Middle East Quartet also issued a statement today, which you can read here.

Comments

Comments

Brad B.
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Canada
August 20, 2010

Brad B. in Canada writes:

The clip was interesting. There was a distinct anti-Israel sentiment noticeable among the journalists present. It is no wonder then that this administration was able to get away with several disingenuous public criticisms of Israel in the past 18 months whilst treating the Palestinians with traditional diplomatic deference even as they carried out many actions that belied peaceful intentions.

I expect Israel will be blamed when this (almost) inevitably fails.

David L.
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Tennessee, USA
August 21, 2010

David L. in Tennessee writes:

The Israely's have given and given.But the Palestinian's,have always broken the deals. The world hold's Israel's feet to the fire. When the palestinian's break the promise's that have been signed.The Israely's get blamed. This has to be attacked on two fronts.Not just Abbas.But also Hamas leaders inculded. Or your just wasting your time.All parties,GOOD and BAD need to come to the table.If this peace accord fails.The Israely's will get blamed as always.And the media always buys it.Hook,line and sinker!I can go on.But there isn't enough room on this page. Thank You for your time.

T.J
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United Kingdom
August 22, 2010

T.J. in the United Kingdom writes:

Would it not be a good idea to create an Eastern and a Western Palestine? It looks like Mr Abbas can not make decisions for Hamas. Then why not create Western Palestine and let anyone in the Eastern side to migrate to the Western side freely if they really want Peace with Israel?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 22, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Hi TJ,

It may end up looking like that for awhile but if folks get to a permanent status treaty, signed, sealed, and in process of delivery, with what credibility does Hamas use to further its political ends?

They were not in favor of peace, took no part in creating it, and if they stand in the way, they will be removed by Palestinians themselves once they have something more solid and substantial to look forward to and build upon in a time of peace.

But first you gotta create that reality for people to accept a different future is not only possible, but happeming before their eyes.

That will be another neat trick we talking monkeys keep relearning from time to time as we create our own reality on this planet.

The problem is humanity keeps having to relearn it, over and over and it gets old real quick.

I don't believe a nation has the sovereign right to govern badly at the expense of its people...while some may say "well, that's tradition, and an internal matter." humanity cannot afford in this interconnected world to let a few affect the many in malign ways.

Now maybe Hamas will fade into distant memory as a cause foggotten in the lap of peace, but I don't think they'll go quietly into the night, having been rendered "irrelevant".

So excercising patience and perseverance is one thing, excercising the power and will to remove the roadblocks to peace may not be a peaceful thing to implement when it comes to the bottom line reality humanity can live with, and end this conflict permanently.

The question Hamas must answer to itself is whether Israel's non-existance is more important to them than the existance of a contiguopus Palestinian state?

As it is sometimes said "You're either on the bus, or you're not."

If Hamas isn't willing to step on board, they will be left behind and forgotten eventually.

Like so many failed ideologies before their's has in the past.

Hope you are well...

Best,

EJ

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