Secretary Clinton To The Rescue
Not many names carry as much power and influence as the name Clinton. It was a great move for President Obama to send Hillary Clinton into to help garner a cease fire between Israel and Hamas. As tensions seem to be calming down a little bit, Sec. Clinton’s clear objective is to stop the firing of missiles and get both sides talking again, hopefully over a long-term solution that has been extremely hard to obtain.
Sec. Clinton reminded Israel of the United States support by saying “President Obama asked me to come to Israel with a very clear message,” which says that “America’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering. That is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the situation in Gaza.” Her presence in Israel was very well received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Prime Minister said that “obviously no country can tolerate a wanton attack on its civilians. Now, if there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem through diplomatic means, we prefer that. But if not, I’m sure you understand that Israel will have to take whatever actions necessary to defend its people.”
Hamas continues to deny the right for Israel to exist. They are hurting all Palestinians with their aggression because Israeli rockets continue to pummel Gaza in retaliation. Palestinians have said they do not want to react against the attack and so far they haven’t. Keeping Iran out of the fray is another large hurdle for Israel and the U.S.
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton has a tough job in convincing all sides that a cease fire is a good start to negotiations between two long-time enemies. President Morsi in Egypt could help with the peace talks, but so far he has been very weak with his statements. Peace in the Middle East has been a goal of every U.S. President in recent memory. With Hillary Clinton helping, the Obama administration has as good a chance as any.
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