Former US President Bill Clinton, who oversaw the bulk of existing Israeli-Palestinian peace deals, has reiterated that the Palestinian leadership is to blame for the lack of a final status agreement.
“I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state,” said Clinton while campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton, last Friday. “I had a deal they turned down…”
It wasn’t the first time Bill Clinton had called out the Palestinian leadership for scuttling genuine peace efforts.
In his memoirs, the former president revealed that it was Yasser Arafat who prevented the high-profile Camp David talks in 2000 from resulting in an agreement. In fact, just months later the Palestinians launched the “Second Intifada.”
Clinton’s remarks on Friday came in response to a heckler who took exception with Hillary’s stated pro-Israel positions.
Most of the protestor’s comments focused on the 2014 Gaza war, at which time Hillary was serving as Secretary of State.
Bill noted that his wife had successfully worked with the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt to bring an end to the bloody 50-day conflict. He also defended Israel’s military actions, which sadly resulted in the deaths of many innocent Gazans.
“Hamas is really smart. When they decide to rocket Israel, they insinuate themselves in the hospitals, in the schools, in the highly populous areas,” Clinton explained. “They said they try to put the Israelis in a position of either not defending themselves or killing innocents.”