PA Says Clinton Won’t Visit Ramallah
Clinton is visiting Israel this week and will steer clear of the Palestinian Authority, according to the PA’s Saeb Erekat.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/15/2012, 10:48 AM
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Israel Sunday and Monday but will steer clear of the Palestinian Authority, according to the PA’s Saeb Erekat, senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and quoted by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency. He pointed out that Clinton and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met in Paris last week. Choosing not to include Ramallah on her tour may reflect the faint hope of a return to “negotiations” with Israel, as well as other American priorities, mainly Iran and the November presidential elections. She will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. A visit that excludes the Palestinian Authority could be used by President Barack Obama to try to convince American Jewish voters that he is committed to Israel.
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