Hillary Clinton: Return U.S.-Israel Ties to Constructive Footing

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves to the audience during a book launch in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Credit: AP

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for an improvement in American-Israeli ties, saying that “we need to all work together to return the special US-Israel relationship to constructive footing, to get back to basic shared concerns and interests.”

Clinton said this includes “a two-state solution pursued through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,” adding that “we must ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue.”

Clinton made the comments in a telephone call with Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Mr. Hoenlein, who initiated the call, said that, “Secretary Clinton’s views are of special importance and timeliness given recent issues in the US-Israel relationship. We note her call for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, which, we believe, is the only possible route to a true peace.”

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