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Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Press Conference in Morocco

November 2, 2009

Secretary Clinton held a joint press availability with the Foreign Minister of Morocco. During the availability she clarified some of her earlier remarks about Israeli settlements and the the United States’ expectations of both of the parties going forward.

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I think she should be given major props/credit for making this statement in order to clarify what the administration’s position is, particularly given the apparent perception among many that the administration’s position had changed. In my personal opinion (for what it’s worth) the backlash that ensued following her joint press conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem (you can see that video on State.Gov here) is partly a result of a) very high expectations on the part of Muslims as a result of the administration’s outreach to them during the Cairo speech and b) a huge chasm between Washington DC conventional wisdom on Mideast peace vs. the reality on the Arab street. I personally think that chasm is going to have to be addressed at some point.

I think a lot of people in the Beltway (ie. members of Congress who seem to be putting pressure on Obama and Clinton to soften their stance with Israel) underestimated the political effect it would have on Mahmoud Abbas back at home, not to mention on the Arab street. I also think it didn’t help in terms of perception, to have Benjamin Netanyahu standing there grinning like the Cheshire Cat as though he’d just achieved a great victory. Whether he had or not is the matter of much debate among the pundit class but given that appearances do matter for better or worse, I don’t think it helped. But that’s just my take and I understand if some see it differently.

So I think today Secretary Clinton made important inroads in confronting some of the misperceptions or concerns that arose over the weekend. And I freely admit to being one of those people who was not sure whether a new policy was being articulated or not and I was, and continue to be, concerned about political viability of the Palestinian Authority going into their upcoming elections because suffice it to say if Hamas makes any substantial gains politically (even if not via the ballot box) it will understandably be very difficult to have meaningful negotiations.

Morocco, November 2nd 2009


One Comment leave one →
  1. maddie permalink
    November 3, 2009 6:53 am

    Great picture!

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