“For Israel, accepting concrete steps toward peace – both through the peace process and in the bottoms-up institution building I have described – are the best weapons against Hamas and other extremists,” Clinton said.
“Those who benefit from our failure of leadership traffic in hate and violence and give strength to Iran’s anti-Semitic president (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) and extremists like Hamas and Hezbollah,” she added.
“Israel can and should do more to support the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to build credible institutions and deliver results,” Clinton said.
“If (Palestinian) President (Mahmoud) Abbas cannot deliver on these aspirations, there is no doubt his support will fade and Palestinians will turn to alternatives — including Hamas. And that way leads only to more conflict,”