Obama administration’s “smart power” = negotiating with terrorists. It is funny how the Obama regime is taking credit for the talks that began a day before Hillary arrived.
From The Hill:
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a cease-fire in Gaza after a week of rocket fire and retaliatory Israeli air strikes left at least 100 Palestinians and three Israelis dead, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.
Clinton made the announcement alongside her Egyptian counterpart after a flurry of meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian officials as well as UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time, speaking to reporters in Cairo.
Clinton vowed to pursue a “comprehensive peace,” suggesting the Obama administration will rekindle two-state peace talks that have been frozen for the past three years over disagreements about Israeli settlements and future borders.
“The people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence, and today’s agreement is a step in the right direction that we will build on,” Clinton vowed. “Now we have to focus on reaching a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security, dignity and legitimate aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
The announcement came after Clinton met with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and discussed ways that “Egypt and the US could work together to support the next steps” in the process.
“In the days ahead, the United States will work with partners across the region to consolidate this progress, improve conditions for the people of Gaza, and provide security for the people of Israel,” Clinton said. “Ultimately, every step must move us toward a comprehensive peace for all the people of the region.”