Clinton: More than words
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Clinton: Talks only way forward

US secretary of state tells Palestinian advocacy group there is no 'magic formula' to break through impasse in direct peace talks, but negotiations absolutely necessary. 'Avoiding decisions will only guarantee more suffering,' she says

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Israel and the Palestinians on Wednesday there was no "magic formula" to break an impasse over peace talks, but said hard work could still yield a deal.


Clinton, speaking to a Palestinian advocacy group that supports a peaceful end to the conflict, said both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remained committed to a two-state solution despite a standoff that threatens to torpedo the US-brokered peace talks less than two months after they were launched.


"Negotiations are not easy, but they are absolutely necessary. It is always easier to defer decisions than it is to make them," Clinton said at a banquet hosted by the American Task Force on Palestine.


"I cannot stand here today and tell you there is a magic formula that I have discovered that will break through the current impasse. But we are working every day to create the conditions for negotiations to continue and succeed."


Repeating messages she has given to Israel, Clinton told the Palestinian group to focus on what could be gained through negotiation, not what might be sacrificed.


"I know there are those who think that if they wait, scheme or fight long enough, they can avoid compromising or negotiating. But I am here to say that that is not the case. That will only guarantee more suffering, more sorrow, and more victims," she said.


Clinton said Israel should do more to relax its economic blockade on the Gaza Strip, but that states should also publicly disavow Hamas and Hezbollah. 


She praised Abbas' efforts to build the framework for future Palestinian statehood, saying improved governance was creating an environment for more growth and investment. But she said the fledgling state would need more support particularly from the Arab world, which has lagged behind both the United States and the European Union in financing.


"It takes more than words to support making the State of Palestine a reality," she said.



פרסום ראשון: 10.21.10, 07:29
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