Released Clinton e-mail reignites question whether Obama reneged on Bush settlement commitments

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told her successor Hillary Clinton that there was no agreement between Israel and the US regarding where settlement construction was permitted, according to an e-mail made public by the State Department last week.

Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake reported Monday that the e-mail, part of the disclosure of Clinton’s personal emails stored on a private server, was dated from June 7, 2009, and was sent by Clinton to two aides.

The subject line of the e-mail was “settlements,” and it read, “Condi Rice called to tell me I was on strong ground saying what I did about there being no agreement between the Bush Admin and Israel." Whether the Bush Administration reached informal agreements with the Sharon government that it could build inside the construction lines of established settlements has long been a point of contention.


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