Sunday, February 15, 2009

Next Trip... Israel?

The Jerusalem Post is speculating that Hillary Clinton will likely make her first trip to Israel as Secretary of State at the beginning of March. However, the trip has not been confirmed or officially announced.

She is expected to visit on March 2 to participate in the donors' conference for Palestinians being organized by Egypt.

On Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told reporters during a trip to Washington that Clinton would be making the trip. He said "The secretary will be coming to Cairo on the second of March... We expect lots of commitments from everybody, lots of commitments for reconstruction."

The U.S. has already contributed $60 million since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza and is welcoming Egypt's decision to call together other international groups and donors to participate. The State Department described the event as an "opportunity to address, along with other donors and international organizations, the immediate humanitarian suffering in Gaza and support the Palestinian Authority's plan for the reconstruction of Gaza as an integral part of a future Palestinian state."

On a side note, the post also mentioned that the House signed a letter, backed by Steve Rothman (D-New Jersey) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), to Clinton calling on her to halt US contributions to the United Nations Relief Works Agency until more research has been done to prove that no Palestinian terrorists are receiving money from the refugee organization.

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This will be a great trip! I'll be looking out for an official press release from the State Department in the coming days.

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