Yet more circumstantial evidence that Huma Abedin does have the ability to influence her boss (it’s relatively easy to ascertain Abedin’s position on all of this – her family is Muslim Brotherhood). Egypt’s draft constitution, which essentially opens the door for sharia law is met with silence from the Obama administration while Israel’s announcement that it will construct 3000 homes within the confines of its capital, is problematic.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israeli plans for new settlements near East Jerusalem do not help efforts to bring about a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis.
Clinton told Israeli officials in Washington that plans for new settlements abutting East Jerusalem “set back the cause of a negotiated peace.”
“We all need to work together to find a path forward in negotiations that can finally deliver on a two-state solution. That must remain our goal,” Clinton said.
Friday’s announcement of 3,000 new homes on Israeli-occupied land is especially contentious as building in the area near East Jerusalem known as E1 could obstruct the ultimate creation of a contiguous Palestinian state because it cuts through the West Bank.
Now, contrast that with the administration’s reaction over Egypt’s new anti-human rights draft of a constitution. Keep in mind that the mother of Hillary’s closest adviser (Abedin) is a close friend and colleague of the wife of Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi.
The Obama administration is declining to criticize Egypt’s draft constitution despite spirited internal debate over whether the document adequately protects women, religious minorities and dissenting voices.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland lamented the lack of consensus in Egypt’s constitution-writing process. She says how people in Egypt view the draft is most important.
Israel bad. Muslim Brotherhood good.