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Egypt - Bill Clinton Implies Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Motivation For Terrorism Around Globe

Published on: October 5, 2010 03:34 PM
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, meets with former U.S. president Bill Clinton at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, meets with former U.S. president Bill Clinton at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egypt - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would take away much of the motivation for terrorism around the world.

He described the long-running conflict as the key problem in the region and said resolving it would have a knock on effect that could result in Syria ending its support for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iran turning back its controversial nuclear program.

“It will take about half the impetus in the whole world — not just the region, the whole world — for terror away,” he told an audience of Egyptian businessmen from the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. “It would have more impact by far than anything else that could be done.”


The founding of Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinians more than six decade ago has long been a rallying cry among Arabs and Muslims in the region and more recently is a regular recruiting tool for organizations like al-Qaida.

Clinton presided over the breakthrough Oslo Accords in 1993 that led to direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians over the principle of land for peace as well as a last ditch effort to negotiate a final agreement in 2000 before violence derailed negotiations.

He said both sides knew the outlines of any final agreement and said it was similar to the one he hammered out with Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak in 2000.

“They’re not even pretending now that they are not basically going to go back and take the modernized version I authored in 2000 that Israel accepted,” he said, expressing frustration with the current impasse in the talks over settlement construction.

“They blew 10 years and complicated the problem demographically by not doing this in 2000. It must be done,” he said.

Clinton focused his talk largely on living in a more sustainable fashion to confront global issues of income disparity and climate change and urged an audience that included Cabinet ministers and diplomats to to form partnerships to confront societal challenges.

He also answered questions about U.S. domestic issues such as the perceived rise of Islamophobia.

Weighing in on the controversy surrounding an Islamic Center being built in New York two blocks from the Sept. 11 attacks, Clinton suggested dedicating the proposed building to the 60 Muslim victims of the attacks.

“I think the decision to dedicate this center to the memory of those who lost their lives on that day would send a set of messages that would if not make this crisis go away, would dramatically reduce it,” he said.

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 Oct 05, 2010 at 03:40 PM Anonymous Says:

He is slowly turning in Jimmy Carter Jr.


 Oct 05, 2010 at 03:49 PM stevenberger Says:

If you listen to what he is saying, it is extraordinarily frightening.


 Oct 05, 2010 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

it's presidents like clinton, obama who promote terrorism around the globe


 Oct 05, 2010 at 03:58 PM Swiss Says:

He's right!

Hitler also felt that annihilation of the Jews would cure all problems!


 Oct 05, 2010 at 04:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Oiy, Ribbono Shel Oilom - who didn't see this coming? Clinton is smart - I just wish he didn't advertise the facts to the world.

What did Satmar Rebbe zt'l say 65 years ago? "Ver veist vos far a tzuros de Medinas HaTziyonim vellen brengen oif di Yidden".

Hashem Yerachaim, di goyim zollen zich nisht oifveken and zugen genig mit di Yidden and the terror they are subjecting the world to.....


 Oct 05, 2010 at 05:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Here we go again........If an American politician or even ANY person (including Jews) dares to make a critical comment about the State of Israel he is immediately condemned by the frummelach on this message board. It's absolutely pathetic. And Clinton WANTS the medinah and wants the Palestinians to live on reservations for the benefit of the State of Israel. But even so he is condemned.


 Oct 05, 2010 at 05:06 PM sane Says:

Clinton himself conceded that it was Arafat who didn't want peace in 2000 when he was offered 92 percent of the West Bank and Arab neighborhoods in E. Jerusalem.


 Oct 05, 2010 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Clinton, as usual, is right. He and Hillary are the smartest leaders in the world today and should serve as a moral and political beacon to the leadership of EY and the world's other democracies.


 Oct 05, 2010 at 06:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Clinton is a man who speaks with fork tongue. I am sick of the politicians that blame Israel. The world would be a better place without Israel. Was it in 1776, 1812, 1917, 1939. There was no state of Israel, just the land of Israel. Next thing all you bleeding hear liberals why don't you feel as sorry for the native American Indians as you feel for the native arabs living in the land [not the state] of Israel. If you can't answer me then it is your responsibility to close your mouth. This includes billy boy


 Oct 05, 2010 at 06:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Dear Mr. Clinton,
Has not one holocaust been enough? Why blame a Jewish people for the tyranny of others? Why not speak it as it is, the heresy of the Islamic movements are the reason for the terrorism and Israel is a community in their crosshairs.
Mr. Clinton, you have much to atone for, why ask for more?
Sincerely yours,
A friend


 Oct 05, 2010 at 07:40 PM Anonymous Says:

He does not understand the Arab world or Islam. Hezbollah is a Shiite group, formed to combat inequalities that the Shiites felt from the ruling Sunnis in Lebanon. Most Moslems are Sunni while countries such as Iran are Shiite and are a threat to Sunni countries The only thing that the different factions of Islam agree on is hatred of Israel.
The best way to deal with the conflict with Israel is to make Israel stronger and to recognize that Israel has a legitimate right to exist and to defend its population and rights to the lands that it conquered in 1967.
Al-qaeda is Sunni and was founded to promote global jihad to make the world more Moslem. This has nothing to do with Israel but with the aims of the organization and its terrorist means of achieving it.
He also ignores other terrorist groups around the world that have nothing to do with Israel, such as terrorist groups in Russia, South America and other countries around the world.


 Oct 06, 2010 at 10:09 AM Barry521 Says:

And everyone thinks the Clintons are pro Jewish? Everyone forgot how Hilary kissed ArafaT'S WIFE?


 Oct 06, 2010 at 12:15 PM Reb Yid Says:

When the Arabs waged war across the Middle East/Europe/North Africa during the 7th and 8th centuries, was that also because of the Jews?


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