In a speech before members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the Netanyahu government’s plan to construct new settlements in East Jerusalem “undermines mutual trust” between Israel and the U.S. This strain of admonition apparently hasn’t hit its intended audience with enough force to compel it to change its plans, however. –KA

BBC:

In her speech to a convention in Washington of the influential Aipac (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), Mrs Clinton underscored the Obama administration’s “rock solid” commitment to Israel.

“Guaranteeing Israel’s security is more than a policy position for me. It is a personal commitment that will never waver,” she said.

But, she added, it is Washington’s “responsibility to give credit when it is due and to tell the truth when it is needed”.

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