U.S. Peace Negotiator Cancels Trip Over Tensions With Israel
Posted on Mar 16, 2010
U.S.-Israel relations have taken another frosty turn since the announcement of 1,600 new Israeli housing units in East Jerusalem. The special American envoy to the region, George Mitchell, has indefinitely delayed a visit and the beginning of new negotiations while the U.S. waits for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demonstrate a commitment to the peace process.
But Hillary Clinton, although talking tough, isn’t buying that diplomatic ties between the two countries have never been so strained.
AP via Google:
Clinton restated U.S. “dismay and disappointment” with the announcement but disputed the perception of the relationship in crisis.
“I don’t buy that,” she said. “I have been around a long time, not that long, but a long time. We have an absolute commitment to Israel’s security. We have a close, unshakable bond between the United States and Israel and between the American and Israeli people who share common values and a commitment to a democratic future for the world.”
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv / Matty Stern
U.S. special envoy George Mitchell arrives in Israel during a 2009 trip to the Middle East.