SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON DELIVERS
REMARKS ON OPERATION PILLAR OF CLOUD,
AS RELEASED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
SPEAKER: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
CLINTON: Thank you very much, Prime Minister.
I look forward to a productive discussion this evening at
such a critical moment for Israel and the region. President
Obama asked me to come to Israel with a very clear message.
America’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock-solid and
That is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the
situation in Gaza. The rocket attacks from terrorist
organizations inside Gaza on Israeli cities and towns must end
and a broader calm restored.
The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional
stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations
of Israelis and Palestinians alike. President Obama has
emphasized the same points in his multiple conversations with
President Morsi of Egypt. And we appreciate President Morsi’s
personal leadership and Egypt’s efforts thus far.
As a regional leader and neighbor, Egypt has the
opportunity and responsibility to continue playing a crucial and
constructive role in this process. I will carry this message to
Cairo tomorrow. I will also be consulting with President Abbas
Let me also say, to echo the prime minister, I’m very
pleased that the Iron Dome defense system is performing so well.
Our partnership in support of this system represents America’s
enduring commitment to the safety and security of the Israeli
people and to Israel’s right to defend itself.
But no defense is perfect. And our hearts break for the
loss of every civilian, Israeli and Palestinian, and for all
those who have been wounded or who are living in fear and
danger. I know today was a difficult day. And I offer my
deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were lost and
In the end, there is no substitute for security and for a
just and lasting peace. And the current crisis certainly
focuses us on the urgency of this broader goal. So, in the days
ahead, the United States will work with our partners here in
Israel and across the region toward an outcome that bolsters
security for the people of Israel, improves conditions for the
people of Gaza, and moves toward a comprehensive peace for all
people of the region.
And I thank you, Prime Minister, for your hospitality and
look forward to our discussion.
Netanyahu, thank you.