Madam Secretary

Well, she’s at least got them shaking hands

Well, she’s at least got them shaking hands

Secretary Clinton relaunched direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians this morning with opening remarks in which she said to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, "I fervently believe that the two men sitting on either side of me, that you are the leaders who can make this long-cherished dream a reality, and we will do everything possible to help you."*

After Clinton spoke, Netanyahu and Abbas also made opening remarks. Presently, they should be in a trilateral meeting in Clinton’s outer office. 

As seen above, Netanyahu and Abbas shook hands during the relaunch. So, Clinton has something started. It would be especially great if after a year of negotiations, we see a handshake that’s September 1993-esque.

*Update, 1:50 p.m., Sept. 2, 2010: This quote was tweaked to verbatim match what was said in the video of Clinton’s remarks. The previous rush quote was obtained here.