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Secretary Clinton’s Remarks With Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak Before Their Meeting

June 23, 2010

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it’s a pleasure to welcome back an old friend and someone who is certainly deeply involved in every important decision that affects Israel’s security and the prospects for peace. I’m looking forward to talking with Minister Barak on a wide range of matters and I thank him again for making time to be here.

DEFENSE MINISTER BARAK: Thank you. I’m glad also to be here. I thought we had come from a place where there is never a dull moment. I find that even here it can happen from time to time. (Laughter.) But we are fully committed to work together with the Secretary to try to find a way to move forward with the peace process in Israel and put aside all the difficulties that arose in the recent weeks and put them behind us in a cooperative manner in order to concentrate on how to change the direction of the events in the whole area. In this regard, I cannot – no one can underestimate the importance, the commitment, devotion, the resources that the Secretary puts into helping players in the region to find a way to move forward. Thank you very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, Ehud. The old proverbial handshake? (Laughter.) Thank you.

QUESTION: How confident are you of getting the conditions right to restart the direct talks?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We’re going to be talking about this and many other things.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2010

10 Comments leave one →
  1. discourseincsharpminor permalink
    June 23, 2010 8:22 pm

    I love the last three photos – a Hillary in her natural habitat.

    • Vcal permalink
      June 23, 2010 9:36 pm

      yes, she’s so natural in the political world, she looks enjoying herself in the last 3 pics!God bless you Hillary!The light is coming over you! Rasmussen proves what we’ve always known, you’re simply not only the best, but THE ONLY ONE!

  2. pcfs permalink
    June 23, 2010 9:46 pm

    I do too. She loves her job. She shows it in many ways. She look lovely today. At the top of her game. God Bless you Madame Secretary, we are so proud of you.

  3. Jackie permalink
    June 24, 2010 2:15 am

    She looks radiant.

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    June 24, 2010 10:58 am

    Love the last photo with her chin out and head high — but I wonder what she and Barak discussed?

  5. June 24, 2010 11:29 am

    Why is there a big Scotch Tape ad here? Weird.

    Oh, I bet they talked about lots of things….Israel always keeps the State Dept. busy. How many times has Ehud been here in just a year and a half? Probably more than any other defense minister. I wonder if they talked about Israel’s announcement the other day to bulldoze Palestinian homes in E. Jerusalem. Or they could talk about the flotilla, particularly the flotilla of German Jewish people headed towards Gaza (not sure of the date) to get past the blockade- now *that* should be interesting. Or they could talk about the list of stuff Israel said they would now let in to Gaza. Or they could talk about how to get Gilad Shalit released. Or they could talk Iran, always Iran. Or proximity talks. Or how helpful Bibi is on any given day of the week. The possibilities are just endless.

    If Mahmoud Abbas is smart (debatable) he’d announce he’s willing to go into direct talks immediately.

  6. SpfcMarcus permalink
    June 24, 2010 6:16 pm

    If we can’t negotiate peace soon there isn’t going to be any more land left to create a second state.

    One of the biggest factors compelling people to join radical, violent groups? The Israeli Palestinian conflict. The CIA double agent who killed all our men in Khost switched sides after Operation Cast Lead and watched the U.S. cover up the crimes. Our inability to be an honest broker between the two parties puts those of us who fight overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan (yeah, I said Pakistan because we’re at war there too, Iran also) in danger. It’s time Israel for Israel to grow up and stop running behind the U.S. skirts every time it does something stupid because it just exposes us to even more risk. The bozos in Congress don’t want to acknowledge that although Patreus and others have let it slip, but every one knows what a strategic liability Israel has become.

  7. Sunsi permalink
    June 24, 2010 8:29 pm

    I think it’s time to admit that soon Israel is not going to be a democracy and it’s not all going to be e drone else’s fault. They have gone from being the victim to being the oppressor- not surprising perhaps, but tragic nonetheless, at least to those of us who understand that supporting Israel does not mean aiding and abetting harmful, self defeating policies.

  8. June 26, 2010 10:01 am

    If in fact they did discuss the the topics Stacy describes, it would only be to synchronize their bullshit in Israel’s favor.

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