McCain calls for a Clinton intervention between Israel and Palestine
Senator John McCain said sending former President Bill Clinton to the Middle East would show Israel and Palestine the US is serious about peace. McCain has called for the US to be heavily involved in the current conflict.
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In 2000 during his second term as president, Bill Clinton made a high-stakes Middle East peace push that ultimately failed. But he is widely perceived to have credibility with both Israelis and Palestinians.Skip to next paragraph
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Like other top U.S. Republicans, McCain said the United States needed to be "as heavily involved as it possibly can" in the latest conflict, which has been escalating in five days of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
But he said he did not know how much influence the Obama administration would have, following failed efforts in 2009 to help bridge differences between Israelis and Palestinians.
"We have a lot of work to do to regain some credibility because we're crumbling all over the Middle East," McCain said.