Clinton: Israel Must Be Patient On Iran


iran-nukeSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today implicitly urged Israel to give US policy on Iran’s nuclear ambitions a chance to work. Speaking to NBC television’s “Meet the Press,” Clinton said Washington hoped Israel understood that American attempts to talk to Iran was a better approach than launching a military strike. The secretary of state said that Iran would not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, but added that the Obama administration might still engage with the Islamic republic even though the people there “deserve better than what they’re getting.” “Your (Iran’s) pursuit is futile,” she said, while denying that the US would be betraying Iran’s democratic movement by negotiating with the government over its nuclear program.

“We have negotiated with many governments who we did not believe represented the will of their people. Look at all the negotiations that went on with the Soviet Union,” she said. “That’s what you do in diplomacy. You don’t get to choose the people. That’s up to the internal dynamic within a society. But, clearly, we would hope better for the Iranian people. We would hope that there is more openness, that peaceful demonstrations are respected, that press freedom is respected.”

When asked whether Iran was an illegitimate regime, Clinton said, “You know, that’s really for the people of Iran to decide.”

“I have been moved by the … cries for freedom. … People that go back millennia, that have such a great culture and history, deserve better than what they’re getting,” added the secretary of state.

Concerning North Korea, she said, “They’ve engaged in a lot of provocative action in the last months. … It’s not going to work this time.”

“It’s not only that North Korea has, against the international norms … proceeded with this effort, but they also are a proliferator,” she added. “We know that for a fact. So it’s not only the threat they pose to their neighbors, and eventually beyond, but the fact that they’re trying to arm others.”

She said she did not believe the efforts to stop North Korea’s nuclear program had failed because it was “still at the beginning stages.”

“They are very isolated now,” she continued. “They don’t have any friends left. We’ve seen even Burma saying that they’re going to enforce the resolution of sanctions.”

{JPost/Yair Israel}


  1. Israel must be patient with its enemies. Let’s see, they should really wait until it’s beyond question that the enemy is/are about to leash complete destruction (or try).

    If Iran was threatening the U.S to even a fraction of this degree, would Clinton be preaching patience?

    If the population of the United States had sense, in that case she would be out immediately.

    If it’s just Israel that is in danger, well that’s not a big deal. (Maybe preferable.)

    Yes, we have really great earthly friends. They know in their own hearts what they really want of Israel, the Jews and anything better than we do. However, we have to do what we can based on what we see. Which is not a whole lot.

    We have to rely on a Higher Source. Let’s not forget that.

    I suggest to anyone who does not care about our existence, even at a price to them, should condsider that they will be justly rewarded by that Higher Source for not caring alone. Let alone any harmful actions.

  2. the real enemy to israel is a new enemy call the obama and clinton administration the only real friend we have is K’B