March 4th, 2009
07:45 AM ET
9 years ago

Clinton visits Palestinian leaders in West Bank

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Wednesday.

The sessions are the first with the Palestinian Authority leaders for the Obama administration.

The issues in the region remain complex as Clinton tries to juggle split Palestinian factions and an Israeli government that remains in flux.

The United States recognizes the Fatah Party's Palestinian Authority government, which controls the West Bank. The U.S. considers the militant Hamas party a terrorist organization, but Hamas controls Gaza.

"In the absence of Hamas agreeing to the principles that have been adopted by such a broad range of international actors, I don't see that we or they - or anyone - could deal with Hamas," Clinton said Tuesday in an interview with CNN.

Clinton said Hamas must do what the Palestine Liberation Organization has done, which is comply with the principles set out by the so-called Quartet - the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations - and adopted by the Arab League: Renounce violence, recognize Israel and agree to abide by prior PLO commitments.

The PLO is the umbrella group that includes Abbas' Fatah Party.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Willa

    If we don't get our own house in order first, how can we fix anyone else's?

    March 4, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. dumbocrat alert

    palestine–allahs curse on humanity.

    March 4, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Annie

    Way to go Madam Secretary!

    March 4, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Concerned in MA


    I could not have said it better. Finally something we agree on.

    March 4, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Marc

    dumbocrat alert and Dutch/Bad Newz – You both are absolutely no different than your image and perception of those you despise.

    March 4, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Franky

    You go girlfriend...

    March 4, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Zion

    Hamas was a DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED body. Many people were not happy with the election of Bush, but because in my mind, the people had spoken, I accepted that and so did the other countries. What if people could come over here and say hey, you don't get money because you elected so-and-so in a fair and democratic election. Also, Hamas is a regional group, not an international threat. Do your research.

    March 4, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Wade

    So now we're playing both sides against each other.
    Ain't that a kick in the pants.

    March 4, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Ghost

    I agree. Let them fend for themselves. I'm fine with socialism...just so long as it stays here.

    March 4, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. still hoping

    No matter how many times Obama bows to other countries, it will not change the way they treat each other but it will change how they treat us, as all talk just like our president.

    March 4, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. sailor

    We have been dumping Billions into Isreal, especially there military, so any actions they take over there we are responsible for. you say Isreal has the right to defend it's self? Approximately 5 palastenians are killed for every one isreali! does anyone else see a cycle here? We help out contries only for as long as it is benficial to us, then we leave them to suffer with what we leave. so you tell me when the last time we stuck our nose into someone else's affairs and the results were positive...

    March 4, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Gene

    Dennis.. funny you say that.

    I say the same thing. Unfortunately, if we spend that money on ourselves instead of giving it to another country, the entire Republican party stands up and screams SOCIALISM.

    March 4, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. april

    Clinton is so articulate in comparison to Obama with his stuttering, stammering and Even in a friendly setting with Brown, he couldn't complete one sentence without that. Seems his oratory skills depend on his speech writers and memorization.

    March 4, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. JOE

    Let the Jews come up with the $900 MILLION dollars...They did all the damage..

    March 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. tess

    think she could get elected senator from new york – much less dog catcher – after showing her true stripes? you did this, now we are all paying the price – hope you learned your lesson and look more in depth at the next democrat you decide to trust!

    March 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Mohammad

    Thank you for visiting , but you are still on Jews side. When you talk we can see it clearly.

    March 4, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    I suggest the GOP members who blog on these posts look at the new polls that came out from NBC/Washington Post. GOP ratings are at an all time low right now. Could it be because of your constant bickering on the state of our country, the economy, the world, our President, and politics in general? I can't imagine the rest of the world, say, Britian, Germany, and Sweden are fond of hearing all you GOPers drag their countries through the mud over your rants of "socialism". Your constant tantrums are wearing thin.

    March 4, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Russell, NC

    At least we are not having to look at her as much now.

    March 4, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Matthew, Detroit


    The fact is more Dems are now coming out against little boy blues

    new spending bill. Some of the moderate Dems are seeing the light

    and are coming out against all the waste that barack either supports

    or is afraid to stop.

    Time to recall this guy barack. He does not know what he is doing.

    March 4, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Some Guy

    If there wasn't a whole lot of oil and some nukes involved, we would care about as much about the middle east as we do about africa. Personally, I have very little respect for either the Arabs or Israelis. But we do need to keep a dialog open

    March 4, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. way to go HIllary

    I know Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton will bring this country and the world from repression, lies and blood this country and the world had to endure during W's 8 years. W. and republican party are to be blamed for this depression and lack of leadership on host of things that are falling apart.

    Just imagine what would have happened if W were not there for last 8 years. People used to say Dem and Rep are the same... I tell them after 8 years of what we have been through you better change your mind. If anyone vote for Republican you will see your kids future and yours, taken away to dumpster.

    March 4, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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