Hillary Clinton Begins First Foray Into Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel, beginning her first foray into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the new U.S. secretary of state. The top U.S. diplomat landed in Tel Aviv late Monday from Egypt, where she attended a donors' conference that raised more than $5 billion in pledges to rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip. Pressure is rising for a political breakthrough in the Middle East peace process.
During her stop at the donors' conference in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik, Secretary Clinton said no one can afford any more setbacks or delays in forging peace in the Middle East.
She said the United States hopes that by providing aid to help the Gaza Strip rebuild, it can foster conditions for a peaceful and responsible Palestinian state.