Palestinian and Arab leaders throughout the Middle East are furious at the backsliding on the part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the issue of halting further west bank settlements. Arab League Secretary-General, Amr Moussa said he feared there would be no peace in the Middle East until the United States supports the issue of halting further west bank settlements. President Abbas is furious because just a few months ago, President Obama was making sounds about taking a firm stand to halt settlements and now the American government appears to be more interested in placating Israel than in attaining peace. Hillary Clinton defended her position by saying: “The Israelis have responded to the call of the U.S., the Palestinians and the Arab world to stop settlement activity by expressing a willingness to restrain settlement activity.”
There is a vast difference between “restraining” and “ending.” How about compelling Israel to cease and desist and stop worrying about “restraint?