Clinton: Israel vote outcome ‘opens doors’ to peace

BETHLEHEM, January 29, 2013 (Ma’an) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the outcome of Israel’s parliamentary elections “open doors” towards peace with the Palestinians.

Clinton referred to the possibility of Benjamin Netanyahu letting center-left parties into the next government. She said that the new political climate made a resumption of a peace process more likely.

In an online forum she said that a “significant percentage of the Israeli electorate” chose a “different path” internally as well as toward their neighbors”.

“What rests at the core of the problem is great mistrust” on both sides in the conflict, said the secretary of state. “Somehow we have to look for ways to give the Palestinian people the path to peace, prosperity and statehood they deserve” as well as security for Israelis, Clinton said.

She added that she had confidence in President Obama and her successor, soon-to-be Secretary of State John Kerry to look for every possible opening to resume the peace talks.

Kerry won the support of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday to replace Clinton as Obama’s new secretary of state. The full Senate was expected to confirm Kerry later Tuesday.

In 2010 the US-brokered peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians ended when the Israeli leadership refused to freeze their settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as their future capital in their own independent state.

Source: Ma’an News