10/13/00

                Violence in Israel and Clinton Politics

From the desk of Daniel T. Zanoza, RFFM

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The terrible violence in Israel is another reminder of the Clinton administration’s failed attempt at paper diplomacy.

The current Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, was supported by the Clinton White House in his defeat of the former Prime Minister, Bebe Netanyahu.  

Clinton claimed Netanyahu’s conservative leadership represented a roadblock to the peace efforts in the Middle East.

Bill Clinton and Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, were in favor of Barak’s land for peace initiative which Netanyahu was leery of.

 The violence rocking the Jewish State tells us Netanyahu’s Likud Party had the right approach in consideration of the Palestinian problem.

Now Bill Clinton finds himself between a rock and a hard place.  His wife, Hillary Clinton, is in a close race for the U.S. Senate against Republican Rick Lazio.  New York has a strong Jewish constituency which the First Lady cannot offend without jeopardizing her campaign.  However, how can her husband effectively broker a peace deal when he must keep his wife’s bid for election in mind.

Mrs. Clinton has spent a great deal of her campaign trying to live down her past calls for a Palestinian state in the Middle East.  If the President plays it right down the middle, he risks offending Jewish voters in New York. 

 If Mr. Clinton approaches the subject from a perspective which favors the Israeli position, the peace talks will, most likely, go nowhere.

I believe this situation illustrates perfectly that the spouse of a sitting president should not seek elected office.  But, we must remember, these are the power-hungry Clintons who have demonstrated willingness during the last seven years to say or do anything to win an election.

It is unfortunate peace may suffer because of the Clinton’s insatiable thirst for power. 

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