Clinton, in a meeting with Netanyahu, said she was opposed to any attempt by outside parties to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Prime Minister Netanyahu met on Sunday in New York with Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, hours after meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Trump Tower.
The meeting was held at the W hotel in New York City and lasted for nearly an hour.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer and Jake Sullivan, a Clinton senior policy advisor, were also present at the meeting.
Netanyahu’s office stated that the two discussed “a broad range of issues relating to advancing peace and stability in the Middle East, as well as the potential for economic growth through technological innovation.”
“Netanyahu thanked Secretary Clinton for her friendship and support for Israel,” the statement said.
A statement by Clinton’s campaign said she stressed during the meeting that a “strong and secure Israel” is vital to the United States.
Clinton “reaffirmed her unwavering commitment” to the US-Israel relationship, the statement said.
She stressed her support for the new military aid agreement between the US and Israel reached earlier in September and her commitment to countering efforts to boycott Israel.
She also emphasized “her opposition to any attempt by outside parties to impose a solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “including by the UN Security Council,” according to the statement.
Israeli officials fear that President Obama will launch a last-ditch diplomatic initiative during the interim period between the elections in November and the inauguration of the next president in January.
The initiative could include a proposal submitted to the UN Security Council on the two-state solution, based on the pre-1967 lines, which could later serve as an opening position for future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
This would severely hinder Israel’s maneuvering abilities during any upcoming negotiations.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News