Clinton: U.S. firmly committed to two-state solution
by MainStreet, Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 07:15:27 AM EST
Firedoglake posted this story about Hillary Clinton's apparent turnabout concerning the resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the latest episode being the Gaza massacre of civilians and children by Israeli armed forces. Hillary demands that Israel allow humanitarian aid into Gaza unrestricted, while Obama pledged 900 million to rebuild Gaza, which was heavily destroyed by Israel's aerial pounding. Over 1,300 Palestinians were killed including over 411 children. The wounded were five times as many. Yet the entrances to Gaza remain closed.
If that were not enough, Hillary just announced that the US remains committed to the two state solution, which is a wakeup call for the right wing Netanyahu government to be, as well as the Israeli people, who voted overwhelmingly for right wing parties. This commitment was reported this morning in the Haaretz newspaper:
Odd that Hillary would be pilloried by right wing Zionist advocates, when it was Obama who provided the policy that a new age is here concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US will no longer be dragged into the abyss of human rights injustices by carte blanc support of Israel's anything goes policy.
In the meantime, critics of critics of Israel continue their rants about Hamas, as an apparent attempt to cover the colonialism Israel continues in the Palestinian territories (see video)
Sec. of State Hilary Clinton is heading to the MidEast this weekend with a stop at the Egyptian conference on aid for Gaza - as well as visits to Israel and the West Bank. As I've been reading the reports on this upcoming trip - and on the uproar about Clinton's recent attempt to press Israel to allow aid into Gaza at a faster pace, I was struck again by how messy the state of US policy on Palestine really is.
Let's start with what Clinton has said over the past week. She's announced that the US will provide $900 million in aid and there are multiple reports that she and her staff have been "pressing Israel to stop blocking aid to the besieged Gaza Strip and will raise the issue during her visit next week" with "envoy George Mitchell expected to issue a strongly-worded statement on the situation" to Israel prior to Clinton's arrival."
These statements seem to have sent some earlier supporters of Clinton into a vitriolic tailspin (see the youtube above):
A new age has apparently come upon us. Under Obama, the US may regain its ascendancy as an advocate of civil and human rights internationally. It is equality for everyone or for no one. We have finally chosen the correct path.