Administration officials hold Clinton largely responsible for entrenching an unsuccessful focus on settlements in thesprint, when she -- responding to a question -- insisted on a complete "freeze" of Israeli settlement activity, including "natural growth," turning what had been a U.S. negotiating position into a public principle, and putting Palestinian leaders in a difficult position when the U.S. reached a compromise with the Israelis on a partial freeze.
This weekend, she tacked in the opposite direction, lavishing far more praise on Israel than other administration officials while, as Laura Rozen writes, she stood "next to a beaming and self-confident Israeli Prime Minister."
Answer by jesse123456 at 7:24 AM on Nov. 3, 2009
She then walked it back, Rozen reports, reading from a prepared text:
Speaking at a luncheon meeting with Morocco's foreign minister in Marrakesh today, where Clinton is attending a conference of Arab foreign ministers, Clinton tried to clarify her previous remarks on the Obama administration's position on Israeli settlments.
"Israel has done a few things but needs to do much more," Clinton said, adding that the Obama administration's position is that it does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlment activity. But she also said Israel has put some limitations on itself, which if acted upon would be "unprecedented."
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:44 AM on Nov. 3, 2009
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A News Report link: During a photo-taking session with her Moroccan counterpart, Clinton was asked by a reporter about the Arab reaction, and she responded by reading from a written statement that appeared designed to counter the skepticism about the Obama administration's views on settlements.
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