Current peace talks will "take time" and are "complicated" US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton told Channel 10 news in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
"I don't think a limited extension will undermine the process going forward if there were a decision agreed to by both parties," Clinton said about the possibility of extending the settlement construction moratorium in the West Bank.RELATED:
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"We have stated that we think that it is in the interest of the negotiations...our settlement policy has been unchanged for years...the
issue of settlements has always been a major issue," Clinton said. "If
we're going to have an agreement on territory....everybody knows
settlements will be discussed. It is something that cannot be put under
"I understand the position of both leaders...the US believes that we need to establish an environment which is conducive to negotiations," she added.
When asked whether she thinks Jerusalem will ever be divided, Clinton said that this is only the beginning of difficult negotiations on all core issues. "I am not going to prejudge...the leaders are not wasting time and are speaking about the most difficult issues," she said.
Earlier Thursday, Clinton said she is convinced that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are
trying to seek common ground in peace negotiations between Israel and
the Palestinians. Clinton spoke from Amman, Jordan where she was meeting
with Jordanian King Abdullah.
"They are committed and they have
begun to grapple with the hard but necessary questions," she said,
shortly before leaving for the US "I am convinced that this is the time
and these are the leaders to achieve the result we all seek."