If the Palestinian Authority collapses, the black flags of the Islamic State (ISIS) could replace PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Sunday.
Speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington, the leading Democratic presidential candidate also said she would work to improve the United States’ relationship with Israel if elected.
“Palestinian Authority leaders should condemn and stop incitement in all its forms,” she said, according to i24news, while referencing the recent wave of car ramming and stabbing attacks in Israel and evoking the memory of Ezra Schwartz, an American Yeshiva student who was killed in a recent terrorist attack in Gush Etzion.
She also echoed Secretary of State John Kerry’s calls, made at the same forum a night earlier, to strengthen Abbas and prevent the PA from collapsing, warning, “The alternative to Abbas could be the black flag of the Islamic State.”
As well, like Kerry, Clinton said that she “remains convinced” that peace is possible through the “goal of two states for two peoples”.
“Only a two-state solution can provide Palestinians independence, sovereignty and dignity and provide Israelis the secure and recognized borders of a democratic Jewish state,” she stressed.
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