Just before Thanksgiving Day in 2012, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton found herself on a dusty highway between Ramallah – the seat of the Palestinian Authority government – and Jerusalem. Her staff suddenly received word that a rocket had been fired from Gaza. It caused a momentary crisis as security guards evacuated a van and moved into an armored SUV in the convoy. Clinton was relaxed, focusing on the goal: “I would have to broker a cease-fire between implacable and distrustful adversaries against the backdrop of the region in turmoil.”

With Hamas and Israel once again at war, her book Hard Choices sheds light on some of the recurring issues facing Israel-US relations, among many other policies she oversaw.

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