March 12th, 2010
06:33 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton: Israeli announcement of new settlements 'insulting'

 Secretary Clinton has some harsh words for Israel
Secretary Clinton has some harsh words for Israel

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN Friday that Israel's announcement of new settlement construction in disputed territory in East Jerusalem was "insulting" to the United States.

The Israeli announcement came during Vice President Joe Biden's visit this week to Israel. It complicated U.S. efforts to set up so-called proximity talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, the latest attempt to nudge the two sides back toward talking directly.


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  1. Paul H

    This administration is so anti-Israeli that they will use this as a smear to win points from Arab nations that couldn't care less about us. Biden, and Clinton don't have all the facts and they are wailing on them.
    They were not this hard on Hezbollah for firing rockets into Israel. But when Israel attacked back these very Dems were all over them for doing so.
    This administration, is weak, and trivial.

    March 12, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Jim

    It is insulting. The United States doesn't need to bother itself with these peace talks and it doesn't need to give aid to Israel. If they want the aid, they need to quit stealing Palestinian land and work out a deal so that we can stop thinking about them.

    March 12, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Alex

    It's all a sham, these talks. How many adminstrations have done the same and what's the result? Same-old same-old.

    March 12, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. C. Bass

    The Israeli government thinks it can do anything because of it's "influence" on American politics, but I think Americans are sick and tired of babysitting these two. If the Palestinians can play their cards right and practice restraint, I think we will see a shift in American sympathy from Israel and to the Palestinians. When that happens by by Israeli "influence".

    March 12, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. annie against biased news

    It is not hillary's place or the USA's place to make that statement.

    March 12, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    That's the old fiesty Hilary I like to see! You go Hilary.

    March 12, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. sue

    When will we finally stop giving carte blanche support to Israel? They have NO motivation and never wiil to actually negotiate with the Palestinians. Only when we become truly impartial will any progress occur in the Middle East. The US ruins its own credibility and compromises the safety of its citizens in the neantime. WE are creating the settlement problems by our unconditional support of Israel.
    Sue in Princeton, NJ

    March 12, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. m smith

    Mrs Clinton is right. We have always backed Israel but this latest move has not helped the peace process.

    March 12, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Looks like the Obama team is doing a bag up job at Mideast diplomacy. Yep, sure is a big improvement. In another thousand years they might actually do something. Of course they'll be gone in less than 3. 1044 days left of the Great Failed Experiment.

    March 12, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Obama/Biden/Clinton selling Israel out.....

    Obama has never visited Israel as president; yet he has been to several Islamic countries–why?

    He sent Biden to Israel this week who immediatley condemned Israel for settlement building and then showed up to dinner with the Israeli PM 1 1/2 hours late.

    The handwriting is on the wall for Israel. The Jews who voted for Obama in 08' will rue the day.

    March 12, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Why is the Secretary of State surprised? Hasn't she ever paid attention to Israel's posture regarding the United States before becoming SOS?

    March 12, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. rachel

    It is insulting.

    March 12, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Texas Jack

    Insulting to who? America. I would be ashamed. You Democrats undoubtedly don't read the Bible. I am proven to be more and more ashamed that I was a Democrat for fifty years. I must remind you that Irasel is the chosen people. We as a country will suffer greatly if we do not back this country. England helped them gain their territory back in 1948. I thought we were their allies. Now you want to talk insulting to who? Have we joined with Palestine another muslim country against our own people? Probably after the likes of what we've been dumb enough to put in the Oval office we have. He also appointed you Hillary. I thought you were above this kind of shame. But looks like you must be arm in arm with the watermelon man.

    March 12, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. joe de carlo

    Jack, Israel has been flipping the U S for years. A few examples; The Levon (1950 time frame) affair when Israeli covert operatives blew up USAID libraries in Alexandra and Cairo hoping the US would blame activities on Egyptians; the USS Liberty when Israeli aircraft and ships attacked the Technical research ship off coast of Egypt/Israel killing 34 US sailors and wounding many more; and of course the Israeli spying on US including Jonathan Pollard, and Larry Franklin passing classified information to AIPAC employees Weissman and Rosen. Building settlements in occupied territory is agains the Geneva Convention. Can we stop all this, you bet, cut off the millions we send to Israel.

    March 12, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Tough love from Hillary. I hope she can make it stick.

    It seems to me, that Israel has no respect for the US government. Maybe it learned this because of the way the current administration is being treated by the opposition party?

    Good job, Michael Steele! Good job erroding World stability!

    March 12, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Redman, CA

    Yes, it is. But at least we don't give them $3.5Billion in unfettered grants every year. Then that would be really insulting. Oh wait.......

    March 12, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    Insulting to whom? The Israelis or the current US administration? The last time I checked Israel was a sovereign nation. By saying that I am not always agreeing on how they treat the Palestinians but we have to remember they are surrounded by people who desire to wipe them off the face of the earth! They have already went the land for peace route. They gave up land, no real peace!

    March 12, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Fooled Again

    Let's end our foreign aid then, until then it's a public media charade to give the impression that we are being unpartisan.

    March 12, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. George

    Way to go, Madame Secretary. The vice president deserved far better treatment from his Israeli hosts than to be slapped in the face this way, when he was there on a mission of peace and solidarity with our longtime ally, Israel. No matter what the misguided reason the Israeli government has to make this questionable decision, they should have had manners enough not to do it right in the face of the Vice President of the US, on his first visit there since taking office. Shame on Israel for this and I hope Mr. Biden had a handkerchief handy to wipe the spit off his face.

    March 12, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. j

    I don't know that "insulting" is the right word but Israel should be talking to the Palestinian government to get their view point. Maybe they can do a better job of getting consensus (compared to the US Senate).

    March 12, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. stop the nonsense

    Good for her!
    Our support of Israel should not be undisputed. These are not our children. They will do what they want, when they want despite our wishes. So a blanket approval on their action should never be a given.
    The problems in the Middle-East are not all one sided!

    March 12, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Pkm at least your not a bully like bush keep talking with them there might be peace yet

    March 12, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Golden girl

    Careful there secretary of state. Heaven forbid anyone calling out those jews...

    March 12, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. S.B.

    If we had any sense we'd withdraw some or all of our aid to Israel until they get this Palestinian problem straightened out. They constantly thumb their noses at us, but we just go on doling out the dollars. A good example was that inexcusable invasion of Gaza, and now this housing issue. We tend to blame their Arab neighbors for all the problems, but Israel acts the part of a well-armed bully.

    March 12, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. Limbaugh is a liberal

    For those naysayers, this is NOT a new policy. This isn't just a wacky idea from Clinton or Obama. This has been the official US policy towards Israel since 1967! The US was signatory to several UN resolutions condemning Israel's illegal settlement activity for the past 40 years! Every president (LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr.) has REPEATEDLY condemnded Israel's settlements. In fact, Bush Sr. was accused of anti-semitism because he dared bring up the UN resolutions and the US's backing of them. And even Bush Jr., who has been critical of Palestinians has EXPLICITELY stated that Israel has to stop their illegal settlement activities. Those who think otherwise are just partisan idiots who don't know anything about history!

    March 12, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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