Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem: Subtle Diplomacy, Subtler Electioneering

A great deal of business was done during Clinton’s Monday in Jerusalem, ranging from Egypt to Iran and, quietly, to Florida.

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Israeli President Shimon Peres welcomes US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before their meeting on July 16, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Clinton is in Israel to discuss diplomacy with Iran, Syria and Egypt in addition to peace talks regarding the Middle East.

“We can have a nice visit here, with no stress,” the press aide tells the camera crews along the red carpet where Israeli president Shimon Peres prepares to welcome Hillary Clinton.  The aide is talking about flow—getting a half dozen jostling video cameras through a door the width of a single person—but it could have been a motto for the day: 24 hours, five meetings and a news conference, all as glossy smooth as Clinton’s arrival at the head of the motorcade that skimmed into frame five minutes after the aide achieves red-carpet discipline. The Secretary of State gave her curls a shake, lengthened her stride and reached toward the old man walking toward her. “My friend,” she said.

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What followed might be called a working embrace. A great deal of business was done during Clinton’s Monday in Jerusalem. A significant portion related to the electoral contest heating up in Clinton’s home territory. But that business was encrypted in the to-and-fro of regional diplomacy. Most immediately, America’s top diplomat carried messages from Egypt—where she had been the day before—to an Israel that has been groping in the dark since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.  “I look forward to hearing your impressions from Egypt,” Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before guiding her into his residence. “I think that is something that is uppermost in both our minds.”

Clinton’s impressions turned out to include a measure of alarm: she had been taken aback not so much by the demonstrators who pelted tomatoes and chanted “Monica” at her motorcade in Alexandria, but by the vehemence of the Coptic Christians who in a closed meeting called the Obama administration’s Egypt policy a plot to support Islamic fundamentalism. In Jerusalem she sought to allay these concerns, departing from her prepared remarks to insert the identifiers “Christians, Muslims and Jews” in her list of people who should be allowed to fulfill their  “God-given potential.” She also passed on—behind closed doors—the response of the newly elected president, Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood, to an invitation from Netanyahu that they meet.  Whatever Morsy said, the reach-out itself was one of those new realities unthinkable before Tahrir Square, the Brothers being the father and mother of Hamas, the militant Palestinian party at least nominally committed to Israel’s destruction.  “It’s not just leaders that have to work at it,” Clinton added, of Egypt’s shaky transition to democracy. “Citizens have to work at it. Never in the 5,000-year history of Egypt have they had this opportunity or challenge. We are going to be watching.”

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Then there was Iran.  So effectively has Israel’s hold-me-back rhetoric driven the global agenda that every visit by a U.S. official to Jerusalem is interpreted as an effort to coax Netanyahu away from ordering an air strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. And Clinton was preceded a day earlier by National security Advisory Tom Donilon, and will be followed later in the month by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The reality is a good deal more complex—consider that Israel’s missile defense batteries are linked to a U.S. radar installation in Israel’s desert south, but only Americans see what’s on the screens. But Clinton appeared determined to allow no light between Washington and Jerusalem as she echoed Netanyahu’s skeptical position on the stalemated negotiations between Tehran and the five members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany:

“As to the diplomatic track, I made very clear the proposals we have seen from Iran thus far with the P5-Plus1 negotiations are non-starters. Despite three rounds of talks it appears that Iran has yet to make a strategic decision to address the international community’s concerns to fulfill their obligations to the IAEA and the UN Security Council. I think that it’s absolutely fair to say we are on the same page at this moment, trying to figure our way forward to have the maximum impact in effecting the decision that Iran makes.”

Meir Javedanfar, an Iran expert at the Inter-Disciplinary Center in Herzliya, outside Tel Aviv, decodes the statement:  “[Clinton is] telling the Iranians we and Israel are working together. And the second audience for that kind of message is Netanyahu. She’s telling Netanyahu we are together on this, and the ‘we’ comes with a capital W, and that’s the United States. The United States is leading. She’s talking to Ayatollah Khamenei and Netanyahu at the same time. The one who has the most to worry about is Khamenei because the Iranians would love to see divisions between the U.S. and Israel. They’d love to see the two countries arguing over Iran. But no one in Israel can doubt the success of Obama’s dual track against Iran. The way he has managed to build an international consensus against Iran is indisputable.”

Her words were subtle. Her silence, says Javedanfar, was at least as nuanced. On Sunday, a report emerged that Netanyahu’s government was subsidizing anew Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory on the West Bank of the Jordan River—reversing a pledge not to do so (the settlements are illegal under international law).  The AP report revealing the switch speculated that the action “could cloud” the Clinton visit.  It did not. Clinton spoke only of the need to renew peace talks with the Palestinians, and in bland, dutiful terms: “The United States will continue showing up,” she said, “as we have for many years now.”

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Compare that with the diplomatic brouhaha that erupted in 2010 when Israel announced settlement construction during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden—an awkwardness the New York Times captured in a front page photo of a dinner delayed while the U.S. considered ending the whole visit early. But 2012 is an election year, and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, has announced plans to visit Israel later in the month, even holding a fundraiser. “I think the Democrats are basically trying to show the pro-Israel card,” says Javendanfar, who tells TIME it’s hard to imagine Netanyahu’s government getting such an easy ride from the Obama administration after an election. “This time the Americans look the other way, and I think that’s what really showed that Hillary Clinton’s visit is also about the elections. To win the states of Ohio and Florida, you have to win the State of Israel.”

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Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

She travels places to tell all “Please do

help Syria, our troops need cheering. Now will she pay this or not is the huge

question. And we talk of corruption in many small states. I thank you Firozali

A.Mulla DBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Hillary Clinton, who has steadily chipped away at the more than $25 million in debt her campaign amassed

during her run for president, owes only $100,000, according to Federal Election Commission disclosures for the second quarter of 2012. Running

for president is expensive, and although the subject of campaign debt has usually been synonymous with Newt Gingrich in the past several months,

Clinton is among the many former presidential

candidates who've departed the trail in debt.

She suspended her campaign in June 2008 owing the $25 million but had paid off

enough by the end of that year to owe $5.9 million. Almost four years later,

the campaign owes $100,000 to one entity, the firm of Penn, Schoen

amp; Berland for consulting and polling

fees. Penn, Schoen amp; Berland is a market She travels

places to tell all “Please do help Syria, our troops need cheering. Now will

she pay this or not is the huge question. And we talk of corruption in many

small states. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

 

 

 

 

 

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

Given what President Obama told Russian President (former) Medvedev that he will have greater flexibility after elections, Americans are increasingly worried on what a second Obama administration will look like, specifically on its attitude to our ally Israel and on our true allies in the ME amp; the Muslim world (many of whom we have already sacrificed!).

In line with the agenda of CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic outfits, Obama is being deliberately misled by their COVERT activists such as Time/CNN's own Mr.Fareed Zakaria.

Mr. Zakaria has been a tireless proponent of these Islamic outfits singing never ending praises of the Arab Spring and Islamic Democracy (Sharia), supporting radical Iran amp; Pakistan in their quest for Nukes/increasing their arsenal of self declared ISLAMIC BOMBS, canvassing for greater MUSLIM IMMIGRATION (in the garb of stopping the demogrpahic decline in the west, and maintaining our economic strength!), all the while labelling AMERICA AS THE SOLE DANGER TO THE WORLD - (Ref: Reflections on 9/11 and its Aftermath” CNN-GPS Sept 9th, 2011.). 

Besides Mr. Zakaria, Obama has sorrounded himself with several other supporters of Islamic radicals such as Rashad Hassan (US Ambassador to OIC and a former defendant of MB terrorists), Imam Rauf (US Goodwill Amabassador to the ME amp; Islamic countries) known for his notorious speeches in Arabic condemning the US and ofcourse for heading the CORDOBA VICTORY MOSQUE (misledingly renamed Park51-Interfaith Center!), and a battery of advisors all perched on top of influential American/Western Think Tanks/Chairs of Prestigious US Universities etc.

It’s suicidal for America’s security to induct Mr.Zakaria and these people into the US govt., in any role, let alone the role of the “US Security of State” as the Obama administration seems to be pondering.

JohnWV
JohnWV

Israel kills Palestinian families and children with American attack jets and white phosphorous. Israel incarcerates Palestinians and Palestinian children cruelly and indefinitely. Israel defines itself as a Jewish state and, by supremacist apartheid behavior, validates that definition. We Americans resist believing, or even comprehending, the horror. This June 18, 2012 excerpt from Times of India will help us understand.

RABBI OVADIA Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and the spiritual leader of the Shas party Israels “kingmaker” party . In a sermon given on Saturday on laws concerning what non-Jews are permitted to do on Shabbat, Yosef said: "Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel." Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap.We will sit like an effendi and eat." According to Yosef, death has "no dominion" over non-Jews in Israel. "With gentiles, it will be like any person - they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die they’d lose their money. This is his servant... That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew.”

MENACHEM BEGIN "Our race is the Master Race. We Jews are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."

Samuel
Samuel

Palestinians murder Israelis with Soviet rockets. They break ceasefires and even murder their own as seen in the Fatah/Hamas war. 

Please quote the original source of your Menachem Begin quote above. If you can't/don't I'm going to assume that it's made-up.

Ammed
Ammed

Sorry to se israel must go. But they asked to it. Countinously,  grabing lands and killing Palestinians indiscreminately, now israel's time is up amd no way to repair the damages

Samuel
Samuel

Israel must stay and the policy of genocide enshrined in the Palestinian charter must go.

JohnWV
JohnWV

They don't play well with others. Dating back to Imperial Rome, it happened again and again. Jews enraged their host countries and repeatedly suffered disastrous pogroms. Excesses of Weimar Germany's monied Jewish minority led to the most recent. Netanyahu's Israel, abetted by treasonous American Jews, has seized our democracy and would put us to nuclear war for the glory of supremacist Israel. Yet another disastrous outcome is certain unless Israel's grandiose aspirations are obliterated.

Samuel
Samuel

Translation: Jews bring huge benefits to the world and this makes others jealous.

Case in point: The Jewish population is 0.1% of the world population but the Jews have achieved 28% of Nobel prizes.

liarjew
liarjew

Hilary RODKHMAN Clinton is more than a JEWESS. She is a ZIONIST. Since ALL US Presidents since the time of FDR and SUPER JEW Truman (he spared six Japanese cities to test the devastation by the atomic bomb)  who dropped TWO atomic bombs (iroshima and Nagasaki) AFTER THE JAPANESE had surrenderred, wat do the US GENTILES (Jew for ALL leprous others) expect?!!! The 90% Jew Congress is far worse! At least, with Mr Obama, he is not ALL JEW but partly through his materal grandfather, Zionist Stanley Dunham. Of course she is going to waste the remaining resources of US on waging another disastrous war on anybody who dares to even critice Genocide-Committing Jew Israel!! Her Jew collaboration with Murderers B. Netanyahu-Ehud (LITERALLY: JEW) Barak and  and cameleon Shimon  Peres is to be expected. As a Middle Eatern quote goes, they are two arses in one pair of underpants!!

Samuel
Samuel

You need a psychiatrist.

Randy Sargent
Randy Sargent

What the hell is wrong with you?

liarjew
liarjew

The truth may be embarassing but putting them in perspective is far less odious than committing them and then Nixonizing them! Please look up the facts. It is easy now: you have Wikipedia!

avrwc2
avrwc2

There's nothing 'subtle' about Hillary. She came to Jerusalem to take her orders and to renew her pledge of allegiance to the double-triangled towel flag. Nothing subtle about that.

Go Vikes
Go Vikes

This is how the jihadists in Egypt, whom Obama and Clinton helped come into power for the first time in the world, welcomed HClinton:

"Egyptians Pelt Clinton with Tomatoes and "Monica, Monica"...;.

http://www.rt.com/news/clinton...

julis123
julis123

1. Obama's middle east strategy is a complete failure.

2. It's not clear to me why the Christian world keeps silent as to the Moslem treatment of Christians.  Due to persecution, Christian populations are falling in every middle east country  except Israel.

3. Egypt has received billions of US dollars and look at the contempt they express for the Sec. of State

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

That's the same story all over the Muslim world (Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh) even as we shower billions in aid ....... money that Americans themselves don't have!

Here's what a leading Pakistani scientist (a Fullbright Scholar)Pervez Hoodbhoy had remarked:

"Anti-US sentiment in Pakistan rises in proportion to aid received. Kerry-Lugar’s $7.5 billion may well have been money that the US wants to steal from Pakistan rather than give to it;  Although Pakistan amp; US are formal allies, the US has ousted India as Pakistan’s number one enemy.”

CHECK THIS OUT: (MUST READ PLZ):

Google "Why Faizal Shahzad Bombed Times Square" by Pervez Hoodbhoy May 2010

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

That's the same story all over the Muslim world (Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh) even as we shower billions in aid ....... money that Americans themselves don't have!

 

Here's what a leading Pakistani scientist (a Fullbright Scholar)Pervez Hoodbhoy had remarked "Anti-US sentiment in Pakistan rises in proportion to aid received. Kerry-Lugar’s $7.5 billion may well have been money that the US wants to steal from Pakistan rather than give to it;  Although Pakistan amp; US are formal allies, the US has ousted India as Pakistan’s number one enemy.”

 

MUST READ PLZ:

 

Google "Why Faizal Shahzad Bombed Times Square" by Pervez Hoodbhoy May 2010

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

That's the same story all over the Muslim world (Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh) even as we shower billions in aid ....... money that Americans themselves don't have!

 

Here's what a leading Pakistani scientist (a Fullbright Scholar)Pervez Hoodbhoy had remarked "Anti-US sentiment in Pakistan rises in proportion to aid received. Kerry-Lugar’s $7.5 billion may well have been money that the US wants to steal from Pakistan rather than give to it;  Although Pakistan amp; US are formal allies, the US has ousted India as Pakistan’s number one enemy.”

 

MUST READ PLZ:

 

Ref: thepakistanupdate. com/2010/05/why-faisal-shahzad-bombed-times-square/#more-1380

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

That's the same story all over the Muslim world (Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh) even as we shower billions in aid ....... money that Americans themselves don't have!

Here's what a leading Pakistani scientist (a Fullbright Scholar)Pervez Hoodbhoy had remarked "Anti-US sentiment in Pakistan rises in proportion to aid received. Kerry-Lugar’s $7.5 billion may well have been money that the US wants to steal from Pakistan rather than give to it;  Although Pakistan amp; US are formal allies, the US has ousted India as Pakistan’s number one enemy.”

MUST READ PLZ:

Ref: http://www.thepakistanupdate.c...

todtown
todtown

Who are the Moslems? The world must really be silent about them. I never heard of them. 

 Ronniel Domagas
Ronniel Domagas

Wow, you swallow that propaganda wholesale. Wake up buddy.

 Ronniel Domagas
Ronniel Domagas

This was always the plan, commit more and more atrocities against the Palestinians and across the Muslim world so they rise up and when Israel launches her big wars she can say that she was only defending herself. Look for an attack on Egypt, Pakistan, Syria, Iran etc... in the near future.

Samuel
Samuel

Of course the Arab nations welcome Jew into their midst! Not! 

If you want genocidal tendancies look to what the Arab world has done to their Jewish population. You'll find quite a few arabs in the Israeli parliment, Israel being a democracy, but you'll not find a single jew in the Arab world's leadership. 

karl
karl

Ofcourse we're honest brokers to the peace talks that have died.