Campaigning for Wife, Bill Clinton Defends His Efforts to Establish Palestinian State

The former president also stands by his wife's stance of non-neutrality on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, in Paterson, N.J., in May 2016.
Julio Cortez, AP

Bill Clinton defended his positions on the Arab-Israeli conflict at a campaign event for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on Friday, Politico reported.

While the former president was speaking at the event in Ewing Township, New Jersey, an attendee yelled, "What about Gaza?"

Clinton responded that his wife, then the U.S. secretary of state, and Egypt's then-President Mohammad Morsi "stopped the shooting war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza," according to Politico.

After the attendee pressed Clinton on Hillary Clinton's pledge not to remain neutral on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, he responded: "[Hamas] said they try to put the Israelis in a position of either not defending themselves or killing innocents. They’re good at it. They’re smart. They’ve been doing this a long time."

"I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state," the former American president was quoted as saying. "I had a deal they turned down that would have given them all of Gaza."

“There’s nobody who’s blameless in the Middle East, but we cannot really ever make a fundamental difference in the Middle East unless the Israelis think we care whether they live or die," he added. "If they do, we have a chance to keep pushing for peace."