- By P.J. Aroon
To watch a live broadcast of Secretary Clinton’s relaunch of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, visit the U.S. State Department’s website at 10 a.m. (U.S. Eastern time) this Thursday, Sept. 2. Clinton will make opening remarks, along with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Afterward, the three will proceed to Clinton’s outer office for a private trilateral meeting.
During the negotiations, Clinton might be channeling some of the experience of her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton. When asked by a journalist today whether the secretary has been reaching out to her predecessors who’ve worked on bringing the Israeli and Palestinian sides together, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley replied:
Well, she’s had the opportunity to interact directly with a number of veterans. Some of them are still on the team or — and some of them are on the other teams. So for example, she has this relationship with this fellow who has spent some time talking to leaders, President Clinton, and she has benefited from his direct experience.