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Friday, February 27, 2009

Clinton faces Jewish backlash over Gaza

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:52:14 GMT | PressTV

US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following an Obama administration policy reversal has been hit with strong condemnation from her former New York Jewish supporters.

Clinton previously known as a strong proponent of the Zionist state has angered her former allies as she backs the new administration's Middle East policy that foresees a USD 900m reconstruction program for a devastated Gaza Strip, in contrast to the Bush administration's blatant pro-Israeli prejudice.

Clinton criticized Israel for putting barriers in place to obstruct the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza on the eve of her first visit to the region next week.

Senior US officials reportedly told their Israeli counterparts last week that "Israel is not making enough effort to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza". More criticism is expected from the US next week with Mideast special envoy George Mitchell's visit to Israel.

However, State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Brooklyn, told CBS, "I liked her a lot more as a senator from New York, now, I wonder as I used to wonder who the real Hilary Clinton is."

The Israeli people and politicians however, do not seem very concerned over the criticism made by Clinton and her officials, despite the outrage their New York counterparts displayed.

Defense department officials confirmed that the pressure is rising on Israel to reopen crossings that will allow larger volumes of aid in for the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip.

At present, less than 200 aid trucks are allowed through each day, but the United Nations, the US and EU are demanding at least 500 daily truck runs into Gaza.

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources said that without a cease-fire agreement with Israel, America's plan for reconstruction aid to the Gaza Strip will not have any long-standing effect as Israel still refuses to allow basic construction materials into the area.

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