United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton optimistic about Israeli vote; sees chance for dialog in Middle East peace
Washington, United States (4E) – United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said that latest Israeli election, which saw Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu as single biggest winner of majority of seats in the Knesset, actually opened a chance for dialog for the revival of Middle East peace.
“I actually think this election opens doors, not nails them shut on hopes for peace with the Palestinians,” she said.
Her comments came during a “global townhall” meeting where she took up questions from broadcasters and Internet-users around the world just days before stepping down from President Barack Obama’s administration.
If local media reports are to be believed, PM Netanyahu has offered Foreign Ministry or Finance Ministrt to centrist Yesh Atid party’s Yair Lapid in the new government, which is most likely to be a center-right coalition.
Although Lapid rarely talks on Israeli-Palestinian peace process or on foreign policy, he said to have welcomed such talks.
“A significant percentage of the Israeli electorate chose to express themselves by saying – We need a different path than the one we have been pursuing internally and with respect to the Middle East peace process. So I know President Obama and my successor John Kerry will pursue this, will look for every possible opening,” Clinton said in an optimistic note.