Hillary Clinton: Obama Erred by Demanding Israeli Construction Freeze
JNS.org – In some sections of Hillary Clinton’s new memoir (titled Hard Choices) that were published by U.S. media over the weekend, the former secretary of state describes her disagreements with President Barack Obama and his aides.
One sticking point was the Israeli construction freeze that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted and implemented between 2009 and 2010. Clinton said that the U.S. administration made a tactical mistake demanding a settlement freeze.
“In retrospect, our early, hard line on settlements didn’t work,” she wrote.
Clinton explained that the American stance on the settlements hardened Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s position. She said Abbas dismissed the Israeli construction freeze. Clinton herself called the Israeli decision to freeze construction “unprecedented.”