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Tuesday Appointment Schedule

June 1, 2010

9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries, at the Department of State.

10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton calls Afghani President Hamid Karzai.

11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, at the Department of State.

12:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador Ian Kelly, Representative to the Organization for Security and Peace in Europe

1:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi, at the Department of State.

5:20 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a reception in her honor hosted by Chief of Protocol Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall and the Board of Trustees of the Blair House Restoration Fund

6:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Peruvian President Alan Garcia, at the White House.

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  1. PYW permalink
    June 1, 2010 5:32 pm

    Hillary commented on the Israeli situation this afternoon at a press availability. I think she struck the right notes:

    Madam Secretary, I’d like to ask you a couple things about the Israeli situation which, as you know, is getting more and more serious by the day. I know there are many unknowns at this point, but do you accept Israel’s argument of self-defense? And do you think that the investigation should be done by Israel or by a third independent party, as other Security Council members have said?
    And more broadly, we all know there are so many moving pieces to this. There’s Turkey, there’s Israel and in the Palestinians, there’s Iran, there’s Syria. What are the implications in your mind of this situation to the peace process and in the larger issues in the Middle East? Thanks.
    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Nick, on your last day, you’ve asked a very complicated set of interrelated questions. And let me put it into context as I respond. First, let me say how deeply we regret the tragic loss of life and injuries suffered among those involved in the incident aboard the Gaza-bound ships, and we offer our condolences to the families of the deceased and the wounded.
    Turkey and Israel are both good friends of the United States, and we are working with both to deal with the aftermath of this tragic incident.
    The United States supports the Security Council’s condemnation of the acts leading to this tragedy. And we urge Israel to permit full consular access to the individuals involved and to allow the countries concerned to retrieve their deceased and wounded immediately. We urge all concerned countries to work together to resolve the status of those who were part of this incident as soon as possible.
    We support in the strongest terms the Security Council’s call for a prompt, impartial, credible, and transparent investigation. We support an Israeli investigation that meets those criteria. We are open to different ways of assuring a credible investigation, including international participation, and we will continue to discuss these ideas with the Israelis and our international partners in the days ahead.
    The situation in Gaza is unsustainable and unacceptable. Israel’s legitimate security needs must be met, just as the Palestinians’ legitimate needs for sustained humanitarian assistance and regular access for reconstruction materials must also be assured.
    We will continue to work closely with the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority along with international NGOs and the United Nations to ensure adequate access for humanitarian goods, including reconstruction and building supplies. And we welcome efforts to promote the reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under the legitimate and internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.
    Ultimately, the solution to this conflict must be found through an agreement based on a two-state solution negotiated between the parties. This incident underscores the urgency of reaching this goal and we remain committed to working with both sides to move forward these negotiations.
    I think the situation from our perspective is very difficult and requires careful, thoughtful responses from all concerned. But we fully support the Security Council’s action last night in issuing a presidential statement and we will work to implement the intention that this presidential statement represents.

    • rachel permalink
      June 1, 2010 6:23 pm

      Hillary was in a very diffcult situation. I read that there is suppose to be another ship now is this taunting? Sadly I beleive this was a lose lose situation for the U.S. No matter what was said someone was gonna be angry. Israel used way too much force and shouldn’t have been ont he boat to begin with but one nagging question I have is why was only one boat was attacked if there were 6 boats? Another question I have is if Turkey is one of Israel’s allies and organized this mission, why did they send them to the blockaide? Why didnt Turkey just say hey we have these boats coming with aide or did they? Or why didnt Turkey tell the peace activists to please stop if you come upon soldiers. These are things I don’t understand. Another thing I don’t understand does Israel think it was right to do this or do they just don’t care?

      • June 1, 2010 6:58 pm

        The US apparently tried to get Turkey not to send two of its ships with the Flotilla but couldn’t persuade them. Israel knew that at the end of the day, Turkey was going to be involved and it almost makes it worse because the ship Israel attacked was flying a Turkish flag and Turkey seems to be implying that they see this as an attack against them as a nation- they haven’t said that outright I don’t think but that’s my interpretation.

        Also, Turkey has been one of Israel’s most important and hard-won allies which makes this all the more tragic. But for the past 2 years the relationship has been deteriorating and it really has gotten bad in the past year. They have been engaged in these diplomatic tit-for-tats and the rhetoric has been escalating etc. etc. Turkey seems outraged that Israel refuses to abide by certain international laws regarding the blockade, settlements, nukes and the NPT etc. and therefore feels justified in sending humanitarian aid since the international community won’t do anything to force Israel’s hand.

        I think these two countries have been on a collision course for a while but nobody thought it would end this badly.

        Everything I have read about Turkey since this happened seems to suggest that the US is *extremely* concerned about the deterioration in the Israel-Turkey relationship. Apparently though, we are more concerned than Israel is, which makes no damn sense.

        BTW, Obama just had a phone call with Turkey’s PM and apparently took a little bit of a tougher stance and made a point of addressing Turkey’s concerns.

  2. HillaryFan permalink
    June 1, 2010 5:56 pm

    Yeah, I guess it could be worse. I’m watching the news and the US media is clearly playing defense for Israel.

    I guess my question is if the situation was reversed and Israelis were attacked in international waters by navy forces with guns in the middle of the night, would the Israelis believe they had the right to fight them when they came onboard? Given all israel talks about is its right to self defense I think they would probably feel justified in killling anyone who landed on their ship. But as Stacy has said, no one seems to think the activists had any reason to fear for their safety.

  3. June 1, 2010 6:30 pm

    It’s a much better statement than was released by the WH and State Dept. yesterday. But of course, it doesn’t condemn the killing of the civilians. It’s like we want to pretend that Israel commandos didn’t shoot 10 people (do we know the number for sure yet?). Secy Clinton is clearly trying to be balanced but in my personal opinion there was nothing balanced or equal about what occurred. I certainly didn’t like yesterday’s statements.

    It seems like whenever Israel is involved there is always an issue of excessive force and proportionality, which matters under international law. Israel seems to think that they are the only people with the right to self defense irrespective of the circumstances. Had the situation been reversed and it was Israelis attacked in international waters by another nation’s military do you think they would be saying the commandos were the real victims? Certainly not.

    I just think that if this weren’t Israel, there would be no question the US would condemn the military attack of an international aid ship in international waters in the dead of night by a special operations commando unit. I mean, come on. Nobody wants to address the part about how it’s illegal under maritime law to attack a ship like that in *international* waters. Under that scenario (still on the open sea), it would seem that anyone would have a right to defend themselves against an attack like that. The US and Israel may not want to talk about that but turkey sure does! Turkey is NOT going to let this go. And of course the activists have been detained for over 24 hours without access to anyone, so Israel has used the time wisely to make their case without having to be rebutted by the activists. Did they release a list of the dead and injured yet because as of this morning they hadn’t?

    All yesterday I followed these events minute by minute and commented about it in my posts/in the comments below and I’ve said pretty much all I have to say. There’s no point in my continuing to hope out loud that the US is going to be at all objective about this because our domestic politics simply won’t allow it. There are two sets of laws- one set for Israel, another set for everyone else. And as I said yesterday it’s a bit sobering to have China point out that little inconsistency.

  4. pondskipper permalink
    June 1, 2010 7:34 pm

    Here in the UK the Israeli attack has been dominating the news cycle all day. I’d say most viewer/listener comments have been critical of Israel and although the bbc has to be impartial they have been firing hard questions at Israeli spokensman. All the interviewers have brought up the fact that the flotilla was in international waters when boarded and the Israeli defenders have tried to justify this by saying that the Law of the Sea allows such actions when ships are challenging blockades (conveniently ignoring the fact that the UN declared the blockade illegal). We were even treated to Richard Perle (sp?) insisting that it was ok for Israel to attack ships in international waters because that’s what the allies did during WW2! Even those who are usually supportive of Israel here are shaking their heads in disbelief at how stupid the Israeli have been, they really have hardened attitudes against them. If the flotilla’s aim was to provoke Israel, which personally I think was a big part of their plan, they suceeded and have won a huge propaganda victory. If the US is ever going to distance itself from the role of Israeli cheer leader this surely must be your chance.

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