It has been said of the Clintons that nothing comes out of their mouths that is not calculated to benefit themselves.
And since Hillary has lately been touting Israel’s right to defend itself, maybe Bill Clinton’s latest comments on Israel were motivated by concern over his future speaking fees in Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, etc.
I’m not sure how else to account for his recent comments:
Former US president Bill Clinton has warned Israel about “isolating itself from world opinion” due to repeated conflicts in Gaza…
“Over the long run it is not good for Israel to keep isolating itself from world opinion because of the absence of a viable peace process….”
Clinton, who pushed hard while president for a comprehensive peace deal at a Camp David summit in 2000, urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resume serious talks.
“I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu could and should make a comprehensive peace agreement with the Palestinians….”
‘World opinion,’ Billy Jeff?
It is precisely because of concern about ‘world opinion’ (and pressure from The U.S.) that Israel has, in the past, always stopped short of destroying Hamas.
But it looks like Israel is finally taking care of business.
As Michael Widlaski wrote last week in the NY Post – Living under fire: Israelis stand tall:
….Thank God, we’re better prepared than the British were when Nazi rockets struck London. We will take the fight to the enemy, even if it upsets some who think you can make peace with an implacable enemy just by talking….
The UN secretary-general calls these terror attacks merely “irresponsible”; we know that he and his UN colleagues will condemn us for defending ourselves. Sorry: We’d rather have their condemnations than their condolences.
Charles Krauthammer: Washington Post — Moral clarity in Gaza