March 12th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton tells Israeli leader plan undermines peace process

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Hillary Clinton warned Benjamin Netanyahu about new construction."]Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to express unusually strong U.S. objections to new Israeli construction in disputed territory in East Jerusalem.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Clinton told the Israeli leader "the United States considers the announcement a deeply negative signal about Israel's approach to the bilateral relationship" with the United States.

"His action had undermined trust and confidence in the peace process and in America's interests," Crowley said, describing the discussion.

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.

"The secretary said she could not understand how this happened particularly in light of the United State's strong commitment to Israel's
security and she made it clear the Israeli government needed to demonstrate not just through words but in specific actions that they are committed to this relationship and to the peace process," Crowley said.

Crowley, speaking at his Friday afternoon briefing at the State Department, said the U.S. objected to the Israeli construction announcement "not just in timing but in substance."

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  1. angel

    Mrs. Clinton said that, "she doesn't understand"???
    Gee! Mrs. Secretary-Has you reviewed the past actions of this administration against Israel lately?
    What else can you expect?

    March 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Scorpiuss

    Let me tell you, if I had my way, I'd destablize an entire town in a fit of trying to create the illusion of some other distant time (like the late 1980s). Then I'd bug the daylights out of people.

    For instance. pre nup, K? pre nup, K? If someone is rough time in their life, and they somehow want to work for the NSA on a part time basis, they can try to contact an old boyfriend and lie to him. It's perfectly religious. Pious even, these days.

    Teach me to walk in the that.
    How firm a foundation...of trust.

    Oh sure, you may think that people enjoy such things...You might just wash away any goodwill though if you keep it up.

    Keep the heat on dear...if that doesn't work pay due regard to the wind chill factor.

    "K&H...pure cane sugar...from Hawaii...grown in the sun....when you sleep, when you rest, don't be fooled by femmes Celeste, K&H...that's the one..."

    You have a good heart. Focus it somewhere else. If the heat doesn't work, then you've backup plan....

    March 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. MatthewDetroit

    So you LIED Hillary to all those NEW YORK JEWS that you would defend and make the Israely state a priority.

    Thats right Hillary stick up for the Palestinians and the other terrorists as you always have.

    Go kis Arafats grave again.

    You are worthless.

    March 12, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Marc

    Here's the problem, the Secretary that ordered/allowed the construction is a member of an Israeli ultra right Party. The Party's goals are (to put it simple) to never ever recognize the Palestinian's rights to have a country of their own, to never ever recognize the Palestinian leaderships (even those who are moderate enough to try to achieve their country through political/diplomatic ways) and to impose their ultra-orthodox version of Judaism over all Jews in Israel (some of them goes to the lenght of saying that those who doesn't follow their version of Judaism are not Jews).
    Those guys are not for peace with the Palestinians.
    So obviously they will do ANYTHING to undermine the peace efforts.

    March 12, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Concerned Canadian

    Israel is clearly not interested in attaining peace with the Palestinians. I think America should stop supporting this evil, callous country and hold their feet to the fire over the numerous UN resolutions they have ignored – just as you did with Saddam Hussein. Sometimes friends have to tell friends....

    March 12, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. John

    As if Israel ever cared a fig for anything about the US beyond continuing arms sales.

    March 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I'm sorry but is just hilarious! You guys don't even know nothing, I agree with the Justice, a "conversation" or "discussion" will reveal clues to whether what's fat or not. Look for the clues, I wanna agaitate you people on the left and on the social media.

    March 12, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Speech Imp ed i men t

    "I knew you before the heavens sang for glory...I knew you before time existed"...this doesn't mean anything other than't be

    I saw a delightful child, intelligent as all, but with a mild speech problem. She is sitting at a table, stuttering while asking for the "butt, butt, butt, turd..." Smile. She goes on to become a proficient and skilled communicator, both oral and body language. She's very talented....and very Intelligence.

    So says the daily lame ah

    Ooohh mmmmmmm
    Ooohh mmmmmmm

    ...You've the most delightful smirk I've ever seen...and you know it.

    March 12, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Israel undermines the "peace process!" Just sitting there, taking up space stolen from the Palestinians, being arrogant bullies, it's a one-country refutation of the "peace process."

    We really need to stop wasting money and what international good will we have left (if we have any left, which I doubt) propping up these thugs.

    March 12, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Scorpiuss, Franky, what are y'all smoking and where can I get some? Have a nice day!

    March 12, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Chris D.

    I love this administration.........they play hardball w/ our spoiled friends, and are crippling the ability for muslims around the world to put hopes in Jihad, as they rightfully point out that terrorism is terorrizing all people not just Americans........
    As for Israel, they really should do the right thing, not play the big bad bully........We support them protecting their land, however they need and should treat the palestinians fairly........
    This is chess, not checkers, and the admin. is playing a grown folks game......

    March 12, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Tim

    Won't be long before Hillary apoligizes for being so uppitty.

    March 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    I love the people who defend Israel on these posts.

    Completely ignorant of the fact that on top of being at war with Palestinians since 1897 Israel has siphoned over $60 billion of TAXPAYER money since 1997.

    But hey, as long as our tax dollars are being spent on foreign countries and not on Americans, then we're good right?

    March 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. rachel

    Time for Israel to put up or shut up

    March 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Stacie

    Franky, We aren't agitated; we're puzzled. We have no idea what you're trying to say. You make no sense. Did you remember to take your medication, honey?

    March 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Frank P

    Instead of trying to stop Israel from building the 1600 new residences for Israelis, why not ask them to help rebuild Palestine and create jobs for the Palenstinians in lieu of these 1600 new homes that allegedly they are not suppose to build. When will the Palestinians and others learn that they can get so much more out of Israel by cooperating with them and at the same time getting them to help build the Palestinian nation and its infrastructure? I wish Israel and the Arabs would make peace and then use their immense technological briliance and their huge stash of funds and oil to work for them collectively; then we can see who really rules the world!

    March 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. j

    We`re ALL marching headlong into the PAST. Christians vs. Muslims - the CRUSADES all over again !!!!!! Sooner or later "DADDY" is going to punish both. - I hope I`m not around when it happens-----–

    March 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. bldamga

    Bibbi cannot be reached with words; we've got to stop propping up Israel with our dollars and start holding them accountable for their atomic weapons (I bet you 90% of Americans don't know they have them) and other immoral acts. It's sad that Israel is losing its moral reason for its existence.

    March 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Louise in NC

    Like the first President Bush said-peace between Israel and its neighbors is not any of our business–this is for them to work out among themselves. Also, these people were fighting each other all through THE BIBLE–why shouls they chanfge now!

    March 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. a little sad

    Chris D. March 12th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

    "As for Israel, they really should do the right thing, not play the big bad bully......."

    Unfortunately, they are not playing the bully, they are playing the sn*t-nosed little brother inciting a fight 'cause they know that their big brother (aka Uncle Sam) will be the one who actually has to fight.

    I do not one more US life or US $ to be expended on Ben Gurion's concept of manifest destiny.

    March 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Robert

    Israel needs a smack just like George Bush senior gave them back 20 years ago. We'll see how long they last without U.S. support.

    March 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. ATL Guy

    America is supposed to be a neutral party but we abandoned that under Bush. Now the Israelis have grown to big for the britches and need to be reined in. Too many Presidents have been down this peace talk road and this sad drama must come to an end. Obama should put a deadline for solid commitments and cut off any funding to Israel if those deadlines aren't met. Enough is enough.

    March 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Limbaugh is a liberal

    This is NOT a new policy, people! Since Israel's war of expansion in 1967 the US has voted in favor of MULTIPLE UN resolutions condemning Israel's expansionism and demanding the dismantlement of settlements. The official US policy remained unchanged on that for over forty years now! Don't think this is just an 'Obama' policy! Every single president, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, and Bush Jr. have told Israel explicitely to stop their aggressive behavior. In fact, Bush Sr. was even accused of antisemitism because he wanted to uphold the UN resolutions.
    And yet Israel whines and whines when somebody ELSE defies UN resolutions? Hypocrites!

    March 12, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Marc

    Franky, SLOW DOWN dude, typing too fast to make any coherent and logic affirmation in your post.
    Slow down.

    March 12, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Eimerd

    Why do we still cowtow to Israel, when it is detrimental to our own objectives? Because our politicians play the scare-card of the Jewish votes against each other at every possible occasion.
    Still waiting for the politician who tells Israel; if you want our economic and political support you better listen to us and not obstruct us!!

    March 12, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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