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Clinton, Israeli Leaders Discuss Iran, Syria, Egypt, Palestinians

Israel's President Shimon Peres stands with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before their meeting in Jerusalem, July 16, 2012
Israel's President Shimon Peres stands with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before their meeting in Jerusalem, July 16, 2012
JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is having talks with Israeli leaders on the conflict in Syria, the political transition in Egypt, and the perceived threat from Iran's nuclear program.

Secretary Clinton says she has come to Israel "at a moment of great change and transformation in the region."

"It is a time of uncertainty but also of opportunity," she said. "It is a chance to advance our shared goals of security, stability, peace, and democracy along with prosperity for the millions of people in this region who have yet to see a better future."

Senior State Department officials say Clinton wants to hear from Israelis about the impact of this past year's uprisings across North Africa and how the two countries can continue to work together on Middle East peace, Syria, and Iran.

"It is in moments like these that friends like us have to think together, act together. We are called to be smart, creative, and courageous," she said.

  • Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, walks U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to her car following their meeting in Jerusalem, July 16, 2012.
  • Egypt's Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Ministry of Defense, Cairo, Egypt, July 15, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, center, and Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba shake handsduring the ASEAN Regional forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 12, 2012.
  • Clinton, center, watches an exhibition of artificial limbs on her tour at the Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise Center (COPE), in Vientiane, Laos, July 11.
  • U.S. Embassy Staff wait to meet Secretary Clinton at a hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 11.
  • Clinton places flowers at a statue as she toured the Ho Phra Keo Temple, in Vientiane, Laos, July 11.
  • Secretary Clinton and General Secretary of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong meet at the Communist Party Headquarters on July 10 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Clinton, right, under a statue of Chenggis Khan during her arrival ceremony at the Parliament House in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 9, 2012.
  • Secretary Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, center left, pose before a bilateral meeting in Tokyo, July 8.
  • Clinton walks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, July 7.
  • French President Francois Hollande and Secretary Clinton following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, July 6.
Clinton's Jerusalem schedule included separate talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and President Shimon Peres.

President Peres praised Secretary Clinton for helping to organize international efforts toward a political transition in Syria to end what he calls President Bashar al-Assad's attacks against his own people.

"It is beyond acceptable norms by humanity no matter if you are Christians, or Jews, or even Arabs," he said. "I appreciate the fact that the Arab League stood up against it clearly and loudly. It is unprecedented."

U.S. State Department officials say international efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons are at an "important moment," so Secretary Clinton wants to consult with Israeli leaders about the threat. Israel has not ruled out a military strike to prevent Tehran from making atomic weapons. President Peres says it is the "most dangerous issue of our time."

"There is a total understanding that we have to do whatever we can to prevent Iran from endangering the freedom and independence of other people or to endangering the life of other people," he said.

Secretary Clinton met here in Jerusalem with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad after meeting last week in Paris with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  Israel's President Peres thanked the Obama administration for continuing to pursue an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

"We should not give up hope," he said. "We shouldn't stop. We should be consistent. We should be determined. The Palestinians don't have a better alternative. We don't have a better alternative."

Secretary Clinton came to Israel from Egypt where she held separate talks with President Mohamed Morsi and military chief Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, encouraging both to seek consensus in Egypt's post-revolutionary political transition.

President Peres says Israelis are watching closely the formation of a new government in Cairo.

"For us Israelis, for the United States, Egypt is a key country in the Middle East. And much depends upon Egypt and a little upon us as well to continue the great march of peace for the benefit of all people in the Middle East. And you are trying to suggest stabilization in a destabilized land," he said.

This is the last stop on a 12-day trip for the U.S. secretary of state that, in addition to France, Israel and Egypt, has included stops in Afghanistan, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 16, 2012 12:39 PM
The US and Israel should quickly find a common ground on these matters of mutual concern, and now is the right time. Egypt cannot be trusted under muslim brotherhood, and now that Hilary has hinted her exist should Obama win a second term, the future of Israel-Palestine peace initiative is dicey given that the US is growing people who reject the ideals of its founding fathers, and more and more muslims are breeding in USA than anywhere else, which means more trouble for relations with Israel. So Clinton should do all within her powers and in the available time to ensure Israel does not get shortchanged by Obama's next choice of SOS - if he wins, GOD FORBID!

by: Raymond Murdock
July 16, 2012 12:05 PM
Without doubt, a beautiful woman. I would say and Walt Whitman " up to where my eyes do not reach/; and i fall on the rocks and grass; beyond my eyes is the space without limits; I see, río, singing; new people around me, that i am harassing questions ..Everything I write. With all the respect it deserves Mrs Hillary

by: Anon from: Dynamic
July 16, 2012 11:50 AM
Clinton is a ghoul and should not be trusted by anyone who values peace, freedom or equality.

by: Anonymous
July 16, 2012 11:33 AM
Lavrov and his puppet masters are complete idiots, he claims what is required is both parties to lay down arms. Remember years ago when Assads dad was in control? He killed thousands indescriminately just like Assad has done. Why on earth would ANYONE want to lay down arms against a tyrant who has inflicted so much blood on his own country people? Why would anyone want to give Assad one more minute of power? If a leader killed my grandparents, and then my immediate parents, I'd be damned if I was to lay down any weapon. Assad must go first, then peace will come to the Syrian land. You can not rationalize or even try and negotiate with someone who has killed his own people, it is an insult to humanity. Lavrov and his puppet masters are trying to buy time to allow for more killings by Assad to try and crush the public, like they have all along. Russia needs the public to lose this war so Russia doesn't get kicked out of Syria if (when) the public finally wins. Russia has blood all over their hands for not helping the Syrian people. Russia has done NOTHING to help the people of Syria. Russia has done what it can to HELP the man who has inflicted atrocities on his very own people. Russia is just hanging in by a thread, once Assad is gone, Russia WILL get the boot from Syria, whether it likes it or not. Do yourselves a favour Russia, move on, use your resources on other subjects and issues in the world because you inevitably will be removed from Syria by the people, in a short matter of time.
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 16, 2012 12:53 PM
Russia supports Assad because in Russia the people are always asleep. They have hardly woken up from communism, and the dread of their taskmasters is still hanging over them. Whether it is Medvedev or Putin, the story is the same; both are slave masters and understand nothing but brutality and barbarism. Both believe in the use of brutal force and coercion not in persuasion; they believe in autocracy not democracy. They believe in govt of the people by their people but devoid of freedoms and choice. Russia, China and Iran in coalition cannot be better than hell. So take heart Anonimous

by: Ramesh Shah from: New York
July 16, 2012 11:11 AM
Every Countries or every States President, Prime Minister and Minister should be
Certify by Political Training Institute of UNO
Thank you

by: Roberto Robles from: Mexicali, Mexico
July 16, 2012 11:04 AM
Neither Clinton or anybody else will stop the march of history in the Middle East, and it will not be favorable to Israel, American Jews, and the U.S.
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 16, 2012 1:05 PM
Is this a wish or something? You must be writing from the very depth of abyss. If the middle east is gearing for war with Israel as arab spring, that's unfortunate for them. Everyone has seen it that way already and everyone is waiting for them to make the first move. Except people like you who love to see blood flowing, the middle east is overdue for peace and the world will force it on them if they continue to refuse Israel's peace initiative - the Russian alternative. Remember, Israel belongs to the civilized bloc who know how to deal with the threat of uncivilized and stubborn peoples out there.

by: Dimitri from: Russia
July 16, 2012 9:18 AM
Israel believes that the Egyptian President is but a nominal figure. He reports to the "Political Committee" of the Muslim Brotherhood whose decisions he is instructed to implement.
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by: Laura from: UK
July 16, 2012 11:38 AM
that will explain his docility... and the prevalence of cartoons in Egyptian Islamic media depicting Jews and Christians as pigs and monkeys... right out of Nazi Germany

by: Rageh from: Egypt
July 16, 2012 8:16 AM
She looks relived... finally at home... well, Israel is a US territory
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by: Chandra from: India
July 16, 2012 12:50 PM
such a delight to read the hate of the mulimes... and the Arabs who impersonate "Americans..." still, she looks great and safe and radiant even...

US/Israel a match made in Heaven to torment the Satanic Arabs and Muslimes in general...
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by: jody webb from: south Texas
July 16, 2012 11:44 AM
It was noticed that when the two departed she wiped her hand on a hankie,...he felt for his wallet
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by: bela from: san diego
July 16, 2012 11:40 AM
A Navy officer friend of mine used to say, that Israel is our client state. It's funny, but whenever I ask people what WE get from Israel, they just get mad and sputter things about stability and democracy. The truth is, all the benefit flow in only one direction.
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by: Karolyn from: Digsby Australia
July 16, 2012 11:32 AM
she does look happy...!!! even radiant...!!!

and as to "Wei" from the "USA" we can hear your hate... not that we ever doubt that you might probably be "mohamad" from "egypt"... still, "goodwill" from the Muslimes...??? you can keep it... and maybe give some of IT to the Syrians...
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by: Wei from: USA
July 16, 2012 10:44 AM
Do you mean USA is Israeli territory ?

This woman does not have 1 milligram of trust and goodwill from the MiddleEast. She had the balls to tell everyone in ME what to do.
Whatever she does and whatever she says is all for Israel.

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