Tough Talk

Hillary Clinton Rebukes Israel

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had sharp words for Israel on Friday. After the country humiliated Joe Biden by announcing plans for new construction in East Jerusalem during his visit to the country, Clinton spoke to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for 43 minutes to say the move was “deeply negative” for U.S.-Israeli relations. According to a State Department spokesman, Clinton called “to make clear that the United States considered the announcement to be a deeply negative signal about Israel’s approach to the bilateral relationship and contrary to the spirit of the vice president’s trip. The secretary said she could not understand how this happened, particularly in light of the United States' strong commitment to Israel's security.” Clinton also demanded the Israeli government demonstrate through actions that it is committed to peace.