Israeli Hillary Report Prompts Dovish Applause, Hawkish Denial

Is Hillary Clinton’s much-anticipated modulation on Israel finally getting under way? It depends on who’s doing the telling. As Clinton is set to make her first official visit to the Middle East as secretary of state, she has reportedly expressed her frustration with Israel for restricting the delivery of aid to Palestinians. Under the headline “Clinton Warns Israel Over Delays in Gaza Aid,” Ha’aretz reported that senior American officials told Israeli counterparts that “Israel is not making enough effort to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza. According to the article, sources at the Israeli defense establishment confirmed that the United States is increasingly pressuring Israel to open more crossings for humanitarian aid into Gaza.