Clinton: a ‘first’ in calling for a Palestinian state
Hillary Clinton, Morocco, Nov. 3, 2009 | ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images In an interview with Al Jazeera today, reports the Politico‘s Laura Rozen, Secretary Clinton said she was the first American associated with any U.S. administration to call for the creation of a Palestinian state. She said, “I was the first American associated with any admin to call for ...
In an interview with Al Jazeera today, reports the Politico‘s Laura Rozen, Secretary Clinton said she was the first American associated with any U.S. administration to call for the creation of a Palestinian state. She said, “I was the first American associated with any admin to call for the establishment of a Palestinian state when I first did it 10 years ago. A lot of people thought that was very radical, now there is consensus we must get to a Palestinian state.”
Clinton, seen above today in Marrakech, Morocco, at the Forum for the Future conference, is clearly trying to get back on track after her controversial remarks this weekend about West Bank settlements. The New America Foundation’s Daniel Levy dissects the controversy in today’s FP piece, “Unsettling Questions.”
A few other tidbits of Clinton news:
•Japan apparently scheduled and then canceled a Friday meeting between Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Clinton. The reason: infighting within the Democratic Party of Japan.
•Over at the AfPak Channel, a contributor states that Clinton was insensitive when, two days after a terrible terrorist attack in Pakistan, she told a group of Pakistanis, “Al Qaeda has had safe haven in Pakistan since 2002. I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.” As the New York Times put it, “The remarks upset her hosts, who have seen hundreds of soldiers and civilians killed as Pakistan has taken on a widening campaign against militant groups that have threatened the country from its tribal areas.” Well, it certainly isn’t the first time Clinton has been hard on Pakistan.
Photo: ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images
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