U.S. calls for Arab actions to improve ties with Israel
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged Arab countries to take concrete actions to support the Palestinian Authority and to improve their relations with Israel, Xinhua reported.
Making a foreign policy speech to the Council of Foreign Relations, Clinton said that to promote the Middle East peace process "cannot be the responsibility of the United States or Israel alone."
She urged the Palestinians to do their best to improve security and to "act forcefully against incitement" to violence against Israelis.
"And Arab states have a responsibility to support the Palestinian Authority with words and deeds, to take steps to improve relations with Israel and to prepare their publics to embrace peace and accept Israel's place in the region," Clinton said.
The top U.S. diplomat praised a 2002 Saudi initiative that calls on Arab states to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for the Jewish state's withdrawal from lands occupied in 1967 and the creation of a Palestinian state.
"So we are asking those who embrace the proposal to take meaningful steps now," she said.