Brain Bush’s Blog

Issues for Mrs. Clinton

  • By : Brian Bush
  • March 3, 2009
  • 3:33 pm

Hi Friends,

As usual there is so much going on – it makes it hard to decide what to report on…

Obviously the big story is Secretary of State Clinton having arrived last night. She has gone to Yad Vashem, the State Holocaust memorial, and meet with Shimon Peres, the President of the State whom she knows well.

The State Department has said that she has come to listen, and the Israelis have not put any expectations upon her visit because the Israeli government she will be dealing with is not in place yet.

But there are a few things they'll be discussing that we know about. One is obviously Iran and their nuclear ambitions. Israel has reportedly come up with a list of 'red lines' not to be crossed in how they feel the international community has been engaging them.

Then there's the donor conference that took place in Sharm El-Sheik Egypt yesterday to finance the rebuilding of Gaza. It surpassed everyone's expectations there raising pledges of $4.4 billion. Israel is demanding from Clinton that there be international supervision over fund transfers and distribution.

Staying in Egypt we have the ongoing problem between Israel and Egypt with it's president Hosni Mubarak saying that the Israeli insistence on tying a lull in violence to the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is delaying the achievement of an agreement.

And the rockets continue…

Thanks for checking in!

Brian

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