In Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming memoir – titled “Hard Choices,” due to be released Tuesday, June 10 – the former secretary of State admits the White House made significant “mistakes” in its dealings with Israel and claims President Obama overruled her on key Middle East decisions.
According to reports in the Associated Press and Israel National News, Clinton admits in her book U.S. pressure to freeze construction of Israeli homes in disputed territories of Judea and Samaria was only “one mistake of many” made in attempting to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Speaking about the 2009 building freeze that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu submitted to, Clinton wrote, “In retrospect, our early, hard line on settlements didn’t work.”
According to Clinton, the construction freeze the White House thought would thaw relations actually made PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas even more entrenched. She claims Abbas ridiculed Israel’s concession, which in turn led him to reject the peace talks and demand an official freeze in eastern Jerusalem as well.
Clinton also reveals that in the early days of the “Arab Spring,” a difference of opinion sprang up the White House over how to handle Egypt’s outgoing President Hosni Mubarak.
According to the AP, Clinton says she pushed for Mubarak to transition power to his successor but was overruled by Obama. Clinton claims she favored a more cautious approach to Egypt’s revolution, but found herself and her allies at odds with a younger generation of White House aides “swept up in the drama and idealism of the moment.”
The “drama and idealism” in Egypt, however, eventually led to the election of the Islamist Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who in turn was later deposed by military coup.
Clinton’s autobiography also reportedly claims she was in favor of arming the Syrian rebels, but that Obama refused the move.
Clinton serves as Obama’s secretary of State for four years, from January 2009 until her official resignation on Feb. 1, 2013.