Hillary Clinton criticizes Iran, Palestine, Israel
(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Iranian and Palestinian leaders, and didn’t spare Israel, either, in her address at the Saban Forum, continuing her trend of increased frankness as her time in the Obama administration winds down.
Clinton gave the 30-minute keynote address, focusing on the Middle East and Israel, but it was during the question and answer period when the secretary was most animated and blunt. Clinton named Iran as “the hardest of the hard boards because of the dangers its behavior already poses and the geometrically greater danger that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose.”
“It is an issue that has consumed a significant part of my time as secretary of state,” Clinton told the audience of diplomats and lawmakers at the annual U.S.-Israeli forum.
Clinton described the lack of an international response to Iran’s recent history of extremism as “totally unacceptable.”
“It is an incredibly dangerous aggressive behavior that is going on every single day,” Clinton said.
1. What an amazingly unbalanced view of the region
Meanwhile, here's her "criticism" of the Netanyahu gov't's behavior:
“We opposed his (Abbas') resolution. But we also need to see that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank still offers the most compelling alternative to rockets and permanent resistance. At a time when religious extremists claim to offer rewards in the hereafter, Israel needs to help those committed to peace to deliver for their people in the here and now,” Clinton said during her speech.
She revisited that theme in the question and answer session, encouraging Israelis to continue the “good faith effort” she recognized in the last 20 years.