Secretary Clinton Meets With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 12, 2010

Today, Secretary Clinton met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in New York City. Before their meeting, Secretary Clinton told the press, "...I know and I've said repeatedly that the prime minister and President Abbas are both very committed to the two-state solution and we're going to find a way forward."

After the meeting, the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State released the following joint statement:

"Prime Minister Netanyahu and Secretary Clinton had a good discussion today, with a friendly and productive exchange of views on both sides. Secretary Clinton reiterated the United States' unshakable commitment to Israel's security and to peace in the region.

"The Prime Minister and the Secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals. The Secretary reiterated that 'the United States believes that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.' Those requirements will be fully taken into account in any future peace agreement.

"The discussions between the Prime Minister and the Secretary focused on creating the conditions for the resumption of direct negotiations aimed at producing a two-state solution. Their teams will work closely together in the coming days toward that end."

You can read Secretary Clinton's full remarks before her meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu here. You can also read the joint statement on www.state.gov.

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PJW5552
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Kentucky, USA
December 6, 2010

Peter W. in Kentucky writes:

No consequences for a lack of cooperation on Israel's part to facilitate peace talks means there is no movement and no reason for peace to move forward. Giving Israel whatever it wants results in their always asking for more and doing nothing of consequence.

The apartheid state that Israel facilitates in the West Bank is neither democratic nor just. It is a racist state. It is complete with walls for separation and a two tiered justice system that favors Israeli Jewish interests over the Palestinian people who live there. The fact the US has supported and continues to support this type of racist, inequality is neither reflective of US values nor its principles.

This Middle East conflict would end tomorrow and the peace process could be quickly resolved if the US stated openly what it has supported by its words in the past. Israel has NO RIGHT to the West Bank Territory and that the West Bank Territory remains occupied by Israel, not disputed. By the US failing to come out and state this openly and supporting the continued arming of Israel, the US has extended the Middle East conflict, encouraged Israel to “do what it likes” and has fostered continued conflict and war in the region. This serves no useful purpose other than to give Israel the time it needs to consolidate more of a hold on the West Bank while the US pretends a genuine interest in resolving the conflict. A genuine interest requires a genuine effort, not a farcical one for appearance sake.

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