Hillary Clinton promises new approach to diplomacy
Los Angeles Times Politics | Paul Richter | Jan 14, 2009
Clinton spoke easily about a range of problems worldwide, addressing the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip for the first time. She acknowledged that problems in the Middle East might seem intractable, but said, "We cannot give up on peace."
Clinton echoed the Bush administration stand in part by declaring: "You cannot negotiate with Hamas until it renounces violence, recognizes Israel and agrees to abide by past agreements. That is just for me an absolute. That is the United States government's position; that is the president-elect's position."
Clinton offered no specifics on how she will try to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas, a task she will confront as soon as she takes office.