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Former national security adviser Sandy Berger

( Does Hillary Clinton intend to make reaching a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians a key target of her administration? And if she does, will she adhere to advisers who urge her to lean on the Israeli PM to force results out of him?

Former national security adviser to President Bill Clinton Sandy Berger in 2009 advised the newly appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political life “uneasy.”


The release of the email was part of a new batch of messages released Friday by the State Department.

His email to Hillary Clinton advised her on how to deal with Bibi if he insisted on being “the obstacle” in negotiations with the Palestinians.

Here is the full text of the email:

“From: Berger, Samuel R.

“Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:22 PM

“To: H

“Subject: Bibi/Abu Mazen

“Seems the best for a bad situation.

“Moves the public discussion from settlement freeze to final status. Keeps some pressure on the parties. And seems like you will play a more public role, which is good. (You have more credibility on both sides than anyone).

“Going forward, if Bibi continues to be the obstacle, you will need to find the ground from which you can make his politics uneasy. I think you can do that even with current concerns in Israel about US posture. But it will be easier as we rebuild trust so that our future admonitions are accepted. (An HRC trip there to reframe perceptions?).

“Finally, need to be mindful of Abu Mazen’s politics. Taking a lot of criticism for meeting with Bibi without settlement freeze.

“Sandy “This is written from my Blackberry.”

In another email just released, dated September 19, 2009, Berger repeats the advice on putting the squeeze on Netanyahu:

“The objective is to try shift the fulcrum of our current relations with Bibi from settlements — where he thinks he has the upper hand — to ground where there is greater understanding in israel of the American position and where we can make him uneasy about incurring our displeasure..”

On September 23, 2009, President Barack Obama told the UN Assembly it was time to establish a Palestinian State alongside Israel:

“The time has come — the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. And the goal is clear: Two states living side by side in peace and security — a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people. (Applause.)”

In the next few days, some reporter is likely to ask presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if she stands behind Sandy Berger’s advice on making Bibi’s life uncomfortable until he cries Uncle on the two-state solution. Voters should know in advance.


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  1. Alan Kardon H.Clinton said."Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans," Clinton said. "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?"

    So that was the punch-line quote. But what was the context?

  2. Sandy Gilbert, Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger was sentenced Thursday to community service and probation and fined $50,000 for illegally removing highly classified documents from the National Archives and intentionally destroying some of them.

  3. Does anyone remember Berger stuffing his pants and socks with classified material? Why was he not indicted? He is not the only enemy of Israel serving Hillary? What about Huma Abedin, daughter of a high official in the Muslim Brotherhood?

  4. Why not do this, Phillip? The US, England and France took a HUGE swath of land from Israel in 1929 and "created" Jordan for the arab problem that would occur in the future when Israel would be reconstituted. This was known after the Balfour Declaration was written. There was no Jordan in the bible…just the Jordan River. So this is really a Fakestinian state! It also resovled a long standing problem of two warring families in Arabia…the Saud and Hashemite families. Then Arabia became Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite family moved to the NEW Jordan. Have you seen just how big Jordan is. They did the same thing with Lebanon, too, but for other reason. They also took more land from Israel so that the christians in Syria would have their own land and would be away from the moslems. But…once again…the moslems go to other people's lands and start trouble as they did in Lebanon. The point of all of this is…Israel should be at least 5 or 6 times larger than it is…and with that…these damned moslems keep chipping away at the Israel until there is nothing left!!!

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