Hillary Clinton says Israel, Palestine need new leadership to revive settlement process

Moscow: Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that Israel and Palestine needed new leadership to revive the settlement process.
“You have to create the environment in which there is a chance to revitalize the peace process,” Clinton told the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, adding that she believes “there needs to be new leadership of the Israelis and the Palestinians in order to have any chance at some kind of peace deal, especially a two-state solution.”
Clinton also said she believed Hamas was interested in Israel’s destruction and therefore could not be a side of any potential deal, adding that there is “no evidence” that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can be a partner for a two-state solution.
In October, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing members of Israeli ruling party Likud, that Netanyahu would not remain in power amid the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
On October 7, Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing and abducting people in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food, and fuel. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages.
The escalation of the conflict has resulted in the deaths of around 1,400 people in Israel and over 10,000 in the Gaza Strip.

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