June 9th, 2014
07:44 PM ET
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Crossfire: Heated exchange over Hillary Clinton calling West Bank 'under occupation'

Updated 1:33 p.m. ET, 6/10/2014

Hillary Clinton will discuss her memoir "Hard Choices" in a town hall meeting at the Newseum in Washington at 5 p.m. ET on June 17. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady will take questions from moderator Christiane Amanpour, CNN's Chief International Correspondent, and members of the audience. The town hall will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Espanol.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s new book includes some inflammatory language about one of America’s closest allies, Israel, and its relationship with the Palestinian territories.

And Monday on CNN's Crossfire, co-host S.E. Cupp challenged Tracy Sefl from the pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary on the issue, calling the language a "doozy" of a gaffe.

Cupp asked Sefl, "Does (Hillary Clinton) owe Israel an apology for using the same language that Chris Christie used, then he had to apologize to pro-Israel voters and pro-Israel groups?”

In her memoir, “Hard Choices,” Clinton describes a 1981 trip to Israel with her husband. She writes: “When we left the city and visited Jericho, in the West Bank, I got my first glimpse of life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted.”

Sefl retorted, "Hillary Clinton is going to stand by the words in her book. She is not going to apologize for something she need not apologize for."

Earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is also mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential contender, sparked an outcry when he referred to the West Bank as “occupied territories” in a March speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.

Christie later said he "misspoke" when he used the controversial term.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    Truth is tough, huh.?

    June 9, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    -entire this Israel is playing big drama with USA.

    June 9, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. just me

    Those are occupid territories, no matter how much " free speech " Adelson has to throw around. Christie kissed his boots, Clinton never will.

    June 9, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    Amazing. The armchair crowd has all the insight never to make a faux pas, but let some person trying to make a difference make a mistake and all hell breaks loose.

    June 9, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    "Hillary Clinton is going to stand by the words in her book. She is not going to apologize for something she need not apologize for."

    If she stands her ground on this issue, she will move up a notch in my book. I know, who cares what I think, and I'd bet a buck she waffles. But maybe not.

    Palestinians' rights are seriously limited in Israel. Israel would not remain a Jewish state otherwise. But it is a double standard: We promote freedom and democracy for all, but strongly support Israel with limited freedom and democracy. Not to mention Israel's disregard for treaties it agrees to.

    June 9, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. bf

    Front page should be about all the illegal children crossing the border. Obama caused all of this telling every one he is not going to enforce the law. Now everyone is coming over and guess who gets to pay for it? We the american tax payers. Get rid of all the Dems, this is all about getting votes!

    June 9, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein

    I have to really wonder what the Arabs were thinking when Jordan had control of the Western bank of the Jordan river. There was no attempt to set up a separate "Palestinian government" in the area. If there was, then there wouldn't be this problem. The Arabs assumed that the Israelis would be swept off their ancestral home in the next war.

    June 9, 2014 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Hillary has demonstrated the truth........her perspective on international affairs is very FLAWED!

    June 9, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Algorestill Lies

    " life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted.."
    funny, Jimmy Carter said the exact same thing in his book/film Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. Blockbuster video pulled the video off the shelves faster than a rabbit has sex. But Carter never apologized to the jews.
    Truth of it is israel was created by two countries: England and France deciding on the faith of a 3rd country, Palestine, without even asking the palestinians and implanted the virulent jews in their midst back in '48.
    Anyone notice on how no jew or israelite could ever do any wrong? how israel is just defending itself and never does anything wrong? notice on how school children are forced to believe in the so-called holocaust as part of their studies, notice on how not one senator dares speak against ipac and the israeli influence in law making that takes into account the interest of israel first, and then those of americans?
    notice on how NO ONE challenged clinton years ago when she stated that the u.s. and israel had "an unshakeable bond" and she did not really explain what that meant?
    dogs and fleas also have some sort of bond, I am intersted in knowing EXACTLY what that bond hillary was talking about all those years ago.
    I take this newspiece to be just an attention getter for the clinton camp and nothing serious should be drawn from it.

    June 9, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. Thomas

    What I learned is that Crossfire is a very stupid show , I'd rather watch WWW all star wrestling with the sound off .

    Change the name of the show to " Political Ego Chainsaw Massacre ".

    June 10, 2014 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  11. ghost

    CLINTON 2016! Does that tell you something. Isreal is a friend of ours, not our Lord and Savior. They are wrong one this one. A two State solution is the only real solution for all parties involved.

    June 10, 2014 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Now you're telling her what to write in her book? Unbelievable, the arrogance of the melanin challenged.

    June 10, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Is everyone supposed to bend over or drop to their knees in front of Israel? Can't one have their own opinion or is that only the case when bashing the current First Family?

    June 10, 2014 07:59 am at 7:59 am |