The US pledges 'unshakeable' commitment to Israel, suggesting a Palestinian state to be viable only without its democratic government.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel on Tuesday after a visit to Egypt to attend a reconstruction conference on Gaza. She held talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and right-wing Israeli politicians who are set to take over affairs in Tel Aviv.
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"It is important that the United States always underscore our unshakeable, durable and fundamental support for the state of Israel" and "our unrelenting commitment to Israel's security," she told the echelons on Tuesday.
US "support" for Israel consists mainly of monetary and political support as well as help at the UN Security Council in countering anti-Israel resolutions through the use of its veto powers.
The right-wing success in winning the majority of Knesset seats in the recent Israeli elections has raised questions as to whether the White House will give in to the right-wing idea of a pure Jewish state or whether it will support a two-state solution.
Clinton did touch on the issue, drawing a picture that was not entirely in line with that of hawkish Prime Minster-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, who is charged with forming the next government.
"We happen to believe that moving towards a two-state solution is in Israel's best interests", she told a news conference attended by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, saying that "eventually, the inevitability of working towards a two-state solution is inescapable."
Without mentioning the issue of Israel violating its ceasefire agreement and it killing nearly 1,350 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in its three-week war on the Palestinian territory, she tacitly attributed the crisis in the region to rocket fire from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
According to the US official, military measures adopted by the democratically-elected Palestinian government contradict the demands of "international actors".
"In the absence of Hamas agreeing to the principles that have been adopted by such a broad range of international actors, I don't see that we or they -- or anyone -- could deal with Hamas," Clinton said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
Clinton had also explained the US stance on Hamas at the aid conference in Gaza, insisting that the Palestinian government confined to Gaza is obliged to recognize Israel and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements if it seeks an end to its isolation by the West.
She made no mention, however, of Israel having violated UN resolutions adopted against its policies and its requirement that Tel Aviv withdraw to its 1967 borders -- which is a major bone of contention between the Palestinians and Israel.
Several UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israeli actions against Palestinians have been defied by Israel. The US, Israel's number one ally, has also exercised its veto powers to prevent the adoption of nearly 45 anti-Israeli resolutions sought by the council since 1972.
Since 2004, Washington has vetoed numerous resolutions which called for Tel Aviv to halt its operations in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip -- which had been occupied by Israeli forces from 1967 to 1994.
With US support, Israel continues to defy agreements it entered at the Annapolis conference and has stonewalled peace by refusing to compromise on key issues, including the status of Jerusalem (al-Quds), the fate of Palestinian refugees, the final borders, Israeli settlements and prisoners.
Wed, 04 Mar 2009 10:23:56 GMT
In: News, Middle East
Tags: Israel, Clinton, wag the dog, Peres, Palestine, West Bank, Bethlehem, settlements, theft, land confiscation, Zionism
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